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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. Who gave Silas Marner the pork he is roasting when his gold is stolen?

2. What item is discovered near Silas’ cottage that is seen as a clue to the robbery?

3. To what creature is Silas Marner compared in Chapter 2?

4. How does Bryce know that Dunsey wants to sell Wildfire?

5. Does Silas Marner want to punish the thief who stole his gold?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the overall feel of the conversation at the Rainbow before Silas Marner’s arrival?

3. How is Raveloe different from Lantern Yard?

4. In what ways does Godfrey overthink his guilt and planned confessions throughout the story?

5. Why is Godfrey Cass waiting to see his brother, Dunsey in the first scene where we meet them in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the loss of his gold and the arrival of Eppie alter Silas Marner’s life?

Essay Topic 2

Silas Marner raised Eppie as his own, while Godfrey Cass cared for her from afar but never claimed her as his own kin. Compare the rights of Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass to claim Eppie as their own daughter.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the relationships between Godfrey and Nancy Lammeter and Godfrey and Molly Farren. How does each one affect Godfrey’s decision making?

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