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. For what does the boy ask in exchange?

2. Where is Mrs. Yeobright when she hears the news about Clym and Eustacia?

3. How does Thomasin act kindly toward Venn?

4. Who is supervising the furze cutters' work?

5. Why does Eustacia worry about Clym falling in love with Thomasin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Susan Nonsuch stab Eustacia?

2. Describe furze-cutting.

3. Who is Clym Yeobright?

4. What is Venn doing at the beginning of Chapter Two?

5. How does Diggory Venn feel about Thomasin?

6. How is Eustacia's performance in the play?

7. Why does Mrs. Yeobright not give Damon Thomasin's inheritance?

8. Describe Egdon Heath.

9. Describe Eustacia Vye.

10. Why does Thomasin want the wedding to go ahead under any circumstances?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel's protagonist is Clym.

Part 1) Describe Clym.

Part 2) Why is he considered the protagonist?

Part 3) How does he change and develop as a character as the novel progresses?

Essay Topic 2

The presentation of the character of Diggory Venn is full of ambiguity.

Part 1) What does it mean to be ambiguous?

Part 2) How is this character ambiguous?

Part 3) How does this ambiguity affect the reader's view of him? Does he grow less or more ambiguous throughout the novel? Does he stay the same?

Essay Topic 3

A theme in this novel is that seemingly minor causes have great effects.

Part 1) Name two minor causes.

Part 2) What are the effects of those minor events?

Part 3) How do the seemingly insignificant events at the beginning of the novel lead to tragedy and great change at the end?

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