The Return of the Native 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 hearing Clym's voice do to Eustacia?

2. What does the gossiping group mention?

3. How does Mrs. Yeobright feel about Clym's relationship with Eustacia?

4. Why is this expected of him?

5. What does Eustacia convince a local boy to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of all the romance in this story, which one seems to be most true? Why?

2. Why does Charley allow Eustacia to take his role in the play?

3. What does Clym want to do after he and Esutacia marry?

4. Why does Susan Nonsuch stab Eustacia?

5. Why might be a reason for Mrs. Yeobright keeping the name of the other suitor from Thomasin?

6. What does Damon say to Diggory after reading Eustacia's letter?

7. How does Christian lose the money?

8. Why does Mrs. Yeobright give Christian an extra fifty guineas?

9. Describe Eustacia Vye.

10. Why does Thomasin go to see Mrs. Yeobright?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's approach to revealing each character is unique.

Part 1) How?

Part 2) Do the characters seem real or contrived? Why?

Part 3) How do these characters compare to other Victorian literary figures?

Essay Topic 2

Thomasin has many virtues.

Part 1) What is a virtue?

Part 2) Give examples of her virtues.

Part 3) Does Thomasin impress as a heroine? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator is omniscient throughout most of the novel.

Part 1) What does omniscient mean?

Part 2) How is it helpful that the narrator is omniscient?

Part 3) What is the author's purpose in making the narrator omniscient?

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