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. About what does Eustacia have reservations?

2. What does Thomasin do upon hearing of this difficulty?

3. What tale does Clym learn while visiting a friend?

4. Why does Clym join the group to help get the bucket out of Eustacia's well?

5. Why does Wildeve say he cannot attend Eustacia's wedding?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Clym's letter?

3. What is Clym's goal?

4. How has Diggory changed upon his return to the heath two years later?

5. How does Thomasin end up in Diggory Venn's wagon?

6. Why is Mrs. Yeobright never let in the house?

7. Why does Clym never thank his mother for the inheritance money she sent him on his wedding day?

8. Why do Mrs. Yeobright and Eustacia exchange angry words?

9. How are Clym and Thomasin's suspicions similar?

10. Why is Mrs. Yeobright stunned by Clym's news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Towards the end of the novel the action picks up speed.

Part 1) How does it pick up speed?

Part 2) Why does it pick up speed?

Part 3) Is it an effective storytelling tool and way of keeping readers engaged? Why?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of the novel, Damon Wildeve is unsure about his feelings towards both Eustacia and Thomasin.

Part 1) What does this say about his character?

Part 2) What does this foreshadow?

Part 3) What role does he play in the novel? What is his purpose?

Essay Topic 3

A theme in this novel is that the object of one's affection is seen as a possession.

Part 1) What does this mean?

Part 2) Give an example of this from the text.

Part 3) How does this view of love affect the relationships between the characters?

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