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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. What two people are draining Godfrey of his money through bribes and hush money?
(a) Dunsey and Molly Farren.
(b) Molly Farren and Squire Cass.
(c) Squire Cass and Dunsey.
(d) Dunsey and Sarah of Lantern Yard.

2. How is Dunsey Cass described?
(a) An amicable fellow with a kind face.
(b) A spiteful, jeering fellow.
(c) A sober-minded, religious young man.
(d) A wild young man who had great potential.

3. William Dane frames Silas Marner for what crime in Lantern Yard?
(a) Stealing the church’s money.
(b) Arson.
(c) Blaspheming God.
(d) Murdering a parishioner.

4. How much gold was stolen from Silas Marner?
(a) 272 pounds.
(b) 272 pounds, 12 and 6 pence.
(c) Over 300 pounds.
(d) 172 pounds, 12 and 6 pence.

5. What form of judgment declared Silas Marner guilty of stealing at Lantern Yard?
(a) Drawing lots.
(b) The king’s order.
(c) Mediation.
(d) A court case.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical malady afflicted Silas Marner from time to time?

2. When Dunsey finds Silas Marner absent from his cottage, what does he decide to do?

3. Who is Master Kench in Chapter 6?

4. Dunsey blackmails his brother with what information in Chapter 3?

5. How long has Godfrey wooed Nancy Lammeter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Did Silas Marner suspect the possibility of being robbed? Why or why not?

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

6. The absence of Dunsey and the news of the death of Wildfire drives Godfrey to what decision?

7. Silas Marner turns to what activities to comfort himself in his bitterness?

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

9. Describe Dunsey’s thoughts about Silas Marner’s gold in relation to his need for money and his plans to already sell his brother’s horse.

10. What was Silas Marner’s life in Raveloe like in the years following his arrival from Lantern Yard?

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