North and South Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Nicholas feel about books?

2. Where does Frederick plan to go after fleeing Milton (after Mrs. Hale dies)?

3. Why does Margaret not settle well into London?

4. What causes Frederick to leave town in a hurry?

5. Who delivers the first letter from Frederick, after he flees Milton, to Margaret?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Hale complain about right before he dies?

2. Why is Mr. Thornton fearful of Nicholas after he refuses to give him work?

3. Why is Mr. Hale not happy when his son returns home?

4. Why does Nicholas take it upon himself to look after Boucher's children?

5. Why does Mrs. Thornton confront Margaret about being in the train station with someone she suspects is her lover?

6. Why does Margaret stop giving advice through letters to Mr. Bell?

7. What does the dying Mrs. Hale ask Mrs. Thornton to do?

8. What happens to Margaret, emotionally, while she is in Helstone after her father has passed away?

9. Why does Frederick decide to stay in Spain?

10. Why is Mr. Lennox able to take Margaret on a vacation to the seaside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the scene of Henry Lennox' first romantic confession to Margaret and what happens afterward. What does Gaskell do to create the tone? What do the different characters' reactions immediately after tell us about their personalities? How does what happens afterward foreshadow what happens later in the text, if at all?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the character of Margaret at the beginning of the novel with the character of Margaret at the end of the novel. What is different? What is the same? How has she changed and grown? What were the causes of that growth?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the generational conflict between the character of "North and South" and what these conflicts convey to the reader about past and present.

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