Our Mutual Friend 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 does the visitor who comes to see Eugene say about Jessie Hexam?

2. What happens to Rokesmith at Rogue's residence?

3. From whom do the Boffins acquire an orphan in Book 1, Chapter 16?

4. Who does Charley think would make a better teacher for Lizzie?

5. What does Jessie say has given his livelihood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mrs. Lammle's scheme to trick Georgiana in Book 2, Chapter 4?

2. Why is the river important to Jessie Hexam?

3. Describe Mr. Venus.

4. Describe Silas Wegg.

5. Describe Miss Peecher.

6. How does Eugene reveal his interest in Lizzie in Book 1, Chapter 13?

7. Describe Charley's conflict in Book 2, Chapter 6.

8. Describe the Podsnaps.

9. Describe the social situation at the Veneering party in Book 1, Chapter 2.

10. Describe the man who comes to the Riderhood residence in Book 2, Chapter 12.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Boffin and John Rokesmith are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Boffin had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Rokesmith had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Dickens' use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

Greed is another important theme of Our Mutual Friend. Greed in this novel is depicted in relation to money, possessions and social status. Who is greedy in Our Mutual Friend? Who exhibits kindliness and generosity of spirit? Who desires what and how are these desires manifested? Do they change over time? Describe.

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