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 is Alfred Lammle going to marry in Book 1, Chapter 10?

2. In Book 1, Chapter 10, where are wedding preparations underway?

3. What does Bradley Headstone try to convince Lizzie to accept?

4. Who does Rokesmith talk to in Book 2, Chapter 14 that is happy about Bella's life?

5. For whom does Rokesmith try to arrange schooling in Book 2, Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Podsnaps.

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

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

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

6. Describe Lightwood's conversation with Mr. Boffin in Book 1, Chapter 8.

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

8. What is John Rokesmith's new role at the Boffins'?

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

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

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

Secrecy is a recurring theme in Our Mutual Friend. Which characters have secrets and what are they? How are these secrets revealed? Do these secrets result in ominous consequences or not? Do any of them have happy endings? Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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