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. Whose boat does Eugene see empty lying near the Hexam home?

2. Who are the Veneerings friends with?

3. Who is the customer that Abby berates?

4. What was John Rokesmith afraid of becoming that made him take on a different persona?

5. What does Jessie say has given his livelihood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Miss Peecher.

3. Describe Lizzie Hexam.

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

5. What does Lightwood discover when he goes to find the sender of the note in Book 1, Chapter 3?

6. Describe Bradley's interaction with Lizzie in Book 2, Chapter 15.

7. Describe the inhabitants of the Boffin household by Book 1, Chapter 17.

8. How does Silas appear deceptive in Book 2, Chapter 7?

9. Describe Rokesmith's relationship with Mrs. Boffin.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Our Mutual Friend is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Reading and writing play an important role in Our Mutual Friend. Who is illiterate? Who is literate? Who teaches whom and in what way? Does literacy in Our Mutual Friend signify wealth, status or other power? Discuss.

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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