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 does Silas Marner do to calm himself after the first shock of losing his money?

2. Which two people go with Silas Marner to the constable’s after his gold is stolen?

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

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

5. How much is Wildfire sold for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Silas heals his neighbor, the cobbler’s wife, from sickness?

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. How is Raveloe different from Lantern Yard?

7. Why does Godfrey have such a hard time with the idea of confessing his situation to his father?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the difference between the neighbors’ gossip and Silas Marner’s own feelings regarding the stolen gold. (See Chapter 10)

Essay Topic 2

For 16 years Godfrey cares for Eppie as best he can from afar. Compare and contrast the positives of Godfrey’s provision with the negatives of his failure to confess his mistakes and own Eppie as his own daughter.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the role of random chance (Providence, coincidence. Etc.) have in Silas Marner. What are some examples of unlikely events or actions helping to form the story?

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