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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 Mrs. Hurstwood get upset about when she is at dinner one night with her family?

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

3. How does Carrie respond in her letter to Hurstwood after receiving one from him while she is out looking for work?

4. What causes the actors in the play to be jealous of Carrie?

5. Who does Hurstwood see is staying at the same hotel he is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Carrie told to look for a job after being turned down twice on her first day of searching for employment in Chicago?

2. How does Carrie's sister respond to the news that Carrie has moved out of her house?

3. How does Hurstwood treat Drouet when he comes to the resort after his business trip during which Hurstwood's and Carrie's affair began?

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

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

6. What excuse does Drouet give when Hurstwood finds him at lunch with a woman other than Carrie?

7. Why was Carrie offered a job at a department store during the slow season?

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

9. What unexpected news does Drouet hear from a maid the morning after Carrie's success in the Masons' play?

10. What is Carrie's first impression of her co-workers at the shoe factory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the different phases of the relationship between Carrie and Hurstwood and how they affected the course of the plot for the other characters around them.

Essay Topic 2

What role does symbolism play in the story and where does it appear? How is the plot altered by the presence of these symbols?

Essay Topic 3

Which character did you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How did this character change throughout the book?

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