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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. How is it decided to try to sell Wildfire?

2. Who, is it thought, owned the tinder-box found near Silas Marner's cottage?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the sale of Wildfire take place?

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

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

5. How is Raveloe different from Lantern Yard?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick three of the main themes that can be found in the story of Silas Marner.

Essay Topic 2

Dolly Winthrop is brought into the narrative as a softhearted, compassionate neighbor. What are two important ways that she helps Silas Marner?

Essay Topic 3

In Part 2 of the novel, we see Godfrey Cass happy with everything except his lack of children. How does Eliot use Godfrey’s this as a symbol of the consequences of his failure to do what was right?

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