Our Mutual Friend Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Book 1, Chapter 14, who does Eugene find dead?

2. What did Rogue apparently receive for betraying Gaffer Hexam?

3. What do the Boffins show their visitor related to John Harmon?

4. What does Mrs. Boffin want her husband's tutor to give up in return for money?

5. . Who settles in with the Boffins in Book 2, Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Lammles' startling discovery about themselves in Book 1, Chapter 10.

2. In the office where Mortimer and Eugene are sitting, what is revealed about Lizzie in Book 2, Chapter 6?

3. Describe how Harmon became Rokesmith.

4. Why is the river important to Jessie Hexam?

5. What does Bella talk to her father about at his wedding anniversary in Book 3, Chapter 4?

6. In Chapter 9, what does Boffin and his wife wish to do something for others?

7. Describe how Boffin is warned about Wegg's behavior in Book 4, Chapter 3 of Book 4.

8. Why does John Rokesmith refuse to see Mortimer?

9. Describe the arrangement Betty makes with the Boffins in Book 2, Chapter 14.

10. How does Wegg fail in his plan of humiliating Noddy Boffin in Book 4, Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe Silas Wegg. What is his role in Our Mutual Friend? What was Dickens trying to accomplish by creating Silas' character in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Eugene Wrayburn. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

Corruption in society is a prevailing theme of Our Mutual Friend. Dickens frequently refers to this theme, painting a bleak picture of London society. Which characters appear corrupt and why? Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Dickens describes? Explain.

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