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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. From the introduction, how does the reader know that the protagonist will defy social convention?

2. Why is "The Revolt of 'Mother'" typical of this author's writing?

3. When Mother watches the men digging in the field, what does she ask Father?

4. What is the reason given in the introduction for the protagonist's actions?

5. At first, how does Sammy respond to Mother's second question?

Short Essay Questions

1. "The Revolt of 'Mother'" is Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman's most wel- known short story. Explain why this short story is so well known.

2. What does each of the family members do after Father comes in from his work?

3. What does Mother do following Father's return home to let him know that this is how things are going to be from now on?

4. Why does Mother think she has a right to be disturbed about Father's building another barn?

5. Mother makes the following comment to Nanny: "Unsolicited opportunities are the guideposts of the Lord to the new roads of life." What does Mother mean by this statement?

6. What is Nanny's reaction to her mother's venting?

7. What does Mother say to Sammy and Nanny after the hay cart arrives and she is back in the house?

8. What does Mother do to vent her anger regarding Father's plans?

9. Describe the scene when the minister arrives to speak to Mother.

10. What is the minister's reaction to his conversation with Mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the view of a woman's role during the 1800s. Be sure to discuss how men treated women and how men viewed women. Also include a discussion of how women were to treat men during this time in history. Then explain why this understanding of history is crucial to understanding the interactions between the members of the Penn family.

Essay Topic 2

Religion is significantly evident in this story. Do you think religion is just another social convention in the story, or is it a deeply held belief evident in some of the characters? Do you see any hypocrisy in the story with regard to religion?

Essay Topic 3

Of the four main characters (Father, Mother, Nanny, and Sammy), pick one, and explain her or his struggle with social convention during this time. Does the character fight the convention or succumb to it? What is the motivation for this character to follow social convention? Is the motivation purely to go along with what everyone else is doing, or is there some other reason given in the story that provides motivation to make the choices the character does?

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