Silas Marner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What two people are draining Godfrey of his money through bribes and hush money?

2. What does Dunsey do after selling Wildfire?

3. What does Silas appear to look like when he arrives at the Rainbow after his gold is stolen?

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

5. Who was William Dane?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In many ways, Silas Marner is a simple protagonist who does very little aside from enduring through the trials he is put through. Select three other characters besides Marner that Eliot uses to move the plot forward and write about how each of them impacts the story.

Essay Topic 3

Marner claims the orphan girl Eppie as his own daughter. He sees her as his gold come back to him. How is this symbolism important to the story of Silas Marner’s redemption?

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