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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. Why had Silas Marner’s cottage door been unlocked when Dunsey had entered?

2. How long has Godfrey wooed Nancy Lammeter?

3. Why is Godfrey waiting to speak with Dunsey when they enter the story in Chapter 3?

4. Where is Silas Marner when Dunsey stole his gold?

5. What does Godfrey hope to gain by marrying Nancy Lammeter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Silas Marner’s departure from his home and his travels to Raveloe is compared to the divinities of old in what way?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain Silas Marner’s reaction to his gold being lost.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Godfrey Cass is a complicated character. Generally good in his motivations, he is plagued by past sins and current fears. Explain how these fears keep Godfrey from rising to the role of a hero within the narrative.

Essay Topic 3

When the novel begins, Silas is already an established person in Raveloe. How is he viewed by his neighbors and those who live in the town?

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