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. Who ultimately tells Mrs. Boucher that her husband has died?

2. How does Mrs. Thornton know that Mr. Thornton's original proposal to Margaret has not gone well?

3. To whom does Margaret finally confess whom she was at the trains station with?

4. Who asks Mrs. Thornton to visit the dying Mrs. Hale?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Thornton think of the possibility of Mr. Thornton's marrying Margaret?

2. Why does Margaret initially refuse to give Mr. Thornton any credit for helping her and her brother with the police investigation?

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

4. How does Margaret respond to Mr. Bell's surprise to take her to Helstone?

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

6. Why does Nicholas not want to break the news of Boucher's death to Boucher's wife?

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

8. What causes the police inspector to be suspicious of Margaret?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In "North and South," many of the characters are shockingly stubborn in the face of information that should otherwise lead them to think or act differently. Choose 3 different characters from the novel and discuss one instance where each character is stubborn and the reasons behind that stubbornness.

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