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. Whom does Mr. Thornton tell first that he must give up his business?

2. Who does Nicholas throw violently across the room after Bessy dies?

3. Who brings all the gossip from Milton to Margaret during a visit?

4. What family does Frederick have in Spain.

5. What caused Mr. Thornton to realize his workers needed a dining room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Thornton become particularly upset over the news of Mr. Hale's death?

2. Why does Frederick decide to stay in Spain?

3. How do Mr. Thornton and Nicholas seal the deal when Mr. Thornton finally offers Nicholas a new job?

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

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

6. How does Margaret respond to her father's death?

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

8. Why does Mr. Hale not want to follow Frederick to Spain?

9. Why does Margaret refer Frederick to Henry Lennox?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the scene where Margaret breaks the news to her mother that the family will be moving to Milton. Pay particular attention to the use of foreshadowing, analyzing how what happens during this scene (and between the characters) foreshadows what is to come later in the novel. Use quotations from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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