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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Silas Marner suspect Jem Rodney of stealing his gold?
(a) He is a known poacher and disreputable.
(b) He saw Jem sneaking around his house.
(c) He heard Jem planning to take the gold.
(d) He has visited Silas Marner often.

2. Who at the Rainbow does Silas accuse of robbing him?
(a) Mr. Snell, the landlord.
(b) Mr. Dowlass.
(c) Godfrey Cass.
(d) Jem Rodney.

3. What does Godfrey fear in confessing his marriage to Molly Farren to his father?
(a) Needing to give back Wildfire.
(b) Losing his allowance.
(c) Losing Nancy Lammeter.
(d) Being sent to his room.

4. How old is Godfrey Cass when he is brought into the story?
(a) 30.
(b) 26.
(c) 25.
(d) 15.

5. Why had Silas Marner’s cottage door been unlocked when Dunsey had entered?
(a) The string to lock it was being used to cook his supper.
(b) He was not worried about theft and left the door unlocked.
(c) His neighbors were watching the house for him.
(d) He had forgotten.

Short Answer Questions

1. What item did William Dane use to frame Silas Marner?

2. Who were the “pallid undersized men” (9) who looked odd next to the “brawny country-folk” (9)?

3. How long before the story begins had Silas Marner arrived at Raveloe?

4. What does Dunsey think of as he passes Silas Marner’s cottage in Chapter 4?

5. How is it decided to try to sell Wildfire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eliot accomplish by taking an entire chapter to set the scene at the Rainbow before Silas Marner’s arrival?

2. In what way is Silas Marner deemed guilty of theft by his fellows of Lantern Yard?

3. How does Eliot portray Silas Marner’s sudden arrival at the Rainbow?

4. What is the narrative point of view of Silas Marner?

5. Why was Dunsey able to get away without immediate consequences after “staking” Wildfire during the hunt?

6. How does Dunsey get out of having to pay back Godfrey?

7. What does the incident with the brown earthenware pot show about Silas’ condition?

8. What seems to be William Dane’s motivation in framing Silas Marner as a thief after nine years of friendship?

9. How does the conversation of the townsfolk differ from the feelings of Silas Marner regarding his stolen treasure?

10. How does the reaction of the crowd at the Rainbow to the theft differ from our modern handling of a crime?

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