Of Human Bondage Test | Mid-Book 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. What two words does Philip use to describe his apprenticeship work?

2. Where is Philip's apprenticeship to take place?

3. What does Philip want to finish before he returns to Blackstable?

4. What does Wharton teach Philip?

5. Why is the young woman living at the boarding house with Philip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the conflict about the bath schedule, and how is it resolved?

2. How does Philip feel after he finally gets the chance to be intimate with Emily?

3. How does Philip end up paying for his move to Paris?

4. Why does William not allow Phillip to have any food when they arrive at the vicarage?

5. What religious insight does Philip gain from a conversation with Weeks?

6. What does Phillip do to feel close to his mother after her death?

7. What causes a huge argument between Philip and his uncle?

8. When does Philip get the chance to be intimate with Emily?

9. What kind of lifestyle does the master of the art school try to lead and why?

10. What causes Philip to think romantically about Emily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shame and propriety are common themes throughout this book shown a number of times by the women in Philip's life. What are some of the instances where these themes are present, and why are they so important to the characters involved?

Essay Topic 2

Philip endures many different trials before the end of the book. What are some of these trials and what lessons does he learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Louisa is a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How does she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if she had not been in the book at all?

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