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. Who are the Veneerings friends with?

2. What is Jessie Hexam also known as?

3. What does the visitor who comes to see Eugene say about Jessie Hexam?

4. Who does Mr. Boffin offer the position of secretary to in Book 1, Chapter 15?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Mr. Sloppy.

3. Describe the Podsnaps.

4. Describe Lizzie Hexam.

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

6. Why is Charley annoyed with his sister in Book 2, Chapter 15?

7. Describe Mr. Venus.

8. Describe Bella's role in John Harmon's fortune in Book 1, Chapter 4.

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

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

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 2

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 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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