Sister Carrie 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. Why does Carrie's sister insist she keep her horrible job?

2. What excites Carrie so much about her budding relationship with Hurstwood before anyone finds out about it?

3. What does Hurstwood tell Drouet he will do about the play being put on by Drouet's group?

4. Why does Carrie tell Hurstwood she would have to leave Chicago if she were to leave Drouet?

5. What is Carrie told she is lacking as she tries to find a job in Chicago?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Drouet offer Carrie when he sees her on the street a few weeks after first meeting her on the train?

2. What does Carrie tell Hurstwood he must do if he wants her to leave Drouet and be with him?

3. What causes Carrie to suspect Hurstwood's motives in getting her on the train to New York?

4. Why does Hurstwood decide to try to work out the drama with his wife the day after he storms out of his house?

5. What does Hurstwood tell his friends to expect from the play put on by the Masons?

6. What new feeling does Hurstwood have when he takes Drouet and Carrie to dinner after the play?

7. How does Carrie view her relationship with Drouet after she has lived with him for a little while?

8. Why was Carrie moving to Chicago at the beginning of the book?

9. Why does Hurstwood decide to rent a carriage instead of continuing his walk with Carrie?

10. Why does Drouet call Carrie by another name when he is with the Masons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters in this book all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivation throughout the book and how this goal affected the characters around them.

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the key examples of gratitude in this book, and how do these instances affect that characters involved in those scenes?

Essay Topic 3

Lola is a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, altered the outcome of the plot? What might have happened differently if Lola had not been in the book at all?

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