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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. Where do Hollingsworth, Zenobia, Priscilla, and Coverdale often spend their Sundays?

2. Who does Zenobia throw a piece of gauze over at the end of her tale?

3. What makes Mr. Coverdale think that Priscilla overheard his conversation with Zenobia in Section 3, Chapter 5?

4. How does Mr. Coverdale think the firelight from the hearth makes the men and women of Blithedale appear?

5. Who does Mr. Coverdale suggest that Mr. Hollingsworth would be of assistance to in Section 1, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can Coverdale tell that Zenobia is upset with Hollingsworth in Section 2, Chapter 3?

2. Why does Moodie leave Blithedale upset?

3. Why does Zenobia make Coverdale nervous?

4. How does Coverdale describe Zenobia in Section 1, Chapter 2?

5. What is the purpose of those gathered at Blithedale?

6. Who is the man that interrupts Coverdale during his meditative walk?

7. How does Coverdale first feel about Hollingsworth compared to how he feels about him after his illness?

8. How does the reader know that Moodie is somewhat connected to the Veiled Lady?

9. What story does Zenobia tell the group at Blithedale in Section 7, Chapter 13?

10. What names does the group at Blithedale consider renaming the community?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At Blithedale, the roles of men and women are clearly defined. Study the theme of gender roles, particularly the thoughts about women during this time period, as unfeminine behavior raised negative speculations about ladies. What are the men's roles at Blithedale? What are the women's roles at Blithedale? Are there any characters in the novel that try to change this roles or question them?

Essay Topic 2

Several of the characters in The Blithedale Romance are filled with pride and some with shame. Explore the concepts of pride and shame in the novel and how those concepts pertain to the different characters. Which characters would be considered prideful? Which characters seem to be ashamed of something or hiding a secret? How do these themes set the tone for the overall story?

Essay Topic 3

In Section 7, Chapter 13, Zenobia tells a story about the Veiled Lady, entitled "The Silver Veil." The story has many correlations to those at Blithedale, and Zenobia even uses Priscilla as "inspiration" for her story. Analyze the story about the Veiled Lady, entitled "The Silver Veil." What is Zenobia's motive for telling this story? Why would Zenobia want to correlate Priscilla with the Veiled Lady? Who does Zenobia probably represent in the story?

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