Oliver Twist 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 could Mr. Giles be in trouble with the law for?

2. What does Mrs. Sowerberry do to Oliver when he threatens Noah one night after a lot of taunting?

3. What are Noah and Charlotte doing when Mr. Bumble stops by to announce Sally's death to the Sowerberrys?

4. What does Noah tease Oliver about while they work together?

5. Why is Oliver not sent to live with the man who is willing to take him in?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the people in Mrs. Maylie's house feel about Oliver when he comes to after having his gunshot wound tended to?

2. What, and how often, does Harry ask Oliver to write to him after Harry leaves his mother's house?

3. What does Nancy do when Bill refuses to let her out of the house on Sunday night?

4. Why does Mr. Brownlow leave so suddenly for the West Indies?

5. What does Mr. Bumble do while he visits with Mrs. Corney, and how does she react?

6. What does Bill do when he hears about what Nancy has told Rose?

7. What does Nancy offer to do so that Rose can reach her if need be, and what is she risking to do this?

8. What do Rose and the others decide to do about the news that Nancy has brought them?

9. How does Oliver feel when he is apprenticed to Mr. Sowerberry?

10. How do Bill and his dog die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in this book all have their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and describe their main motivation throughout the book. Also explain how this particular motivation affects the characters around them.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

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