The Secret Garden 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 Mary do to the servant by her bed when she wakes up on the day the Cholera breaks out?

2. How does Mary tell Dickon she came across her garden?

3. Which of these is NOT an animal that was near Dickon when Mary first meets him?

4. Where does Martha tell Mary to go on a very rainy day when she is not able to go outside?

5. What has grown over the wall of the Secret Garden, thus hiding the door?

Short Essay Questions

1. What nickname is Mary given when she temporarily lives with a clergyman in England?

2. What does Mary do when she plays outside in India?

3. What is the source of the crying sound that Mary has been hearing at night?

4. How does Mary feel about Martha's mother from the stories Martha has told Mary about her?

5. What does Mary think about her mother at the beginning of the book?

6. Why does Mary rarely see her parents while living in India?

7. What is Mary most afraid of when she first brings Dickon to her garden?

8. What does Mrs. Medlock think about the moor?

9. How did Mrs. Craven die?

10. What does Mary think the moor is when she first drives by it in the carriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 2

Susan Sowerby was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Susan Sowerby had not been in the book at all?

Essay Topic 3

The characters in this book all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivation throughout the book and how this goal affected the characters around them.

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