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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 John's horse lead the carriage?

2. What town is to be the final destination of the Thorpes' and Morlands' trip?

3. What color are the trimmings on the dress Catherine wears when she meets Mr. Tilney?

4. How does Catherine feel while in the tea-room at Upper Rooms?

5. What word does John Thorpe use to describe James' carriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What misunderstanding does John apparently have of the Morland family?

2. What does Catherine make of the growing attachment between Isabella and Captain Tilney?

3. Why is Catherine mortified following her visit to the Tilney home?

4. How does John treat Catherine at the dance?

5. What is strange about Isabella's behavior with the two men that show interest in the girls at the end of Chapter 6?

6. What about her dinner with the Tilneys caused Catherine disappointment?

7. How does General Tilney treat Catherine on their first meeting?

8. What explanation is given for Catherine being turned away at the Tilney home?

9. Does Mr. Tilney feel that women are better at writing than men?

10. Upon realizing her suspicions of his father, how does Henry attempt to calm Catherine's overactive imagination?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Research the social manners of the time period and determine whether these social manners played a role in Catherine's interaction with Henry during her stay in Bath.

Essay Topic 2

"Northanger Abbey" can easily be seen as a coming-of-age story. Catherine is introduced as a young lady of seventeen, and the novel concludes with a more mature and experienced protagonist. Discuss how "Northanger Abbey" is a coming-of-age story.

Essay Topic 3

Love and romance are a major theme of the story.

Discuss the pairings of the following couples, the issues they faced, and whether they had a "happy ending".

a) Henry and Catherine

b) John and Catherine

c) Isabella and James

d) Isabella and Captain Tilney

e) Eleanor and her secret lover

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