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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. After the first group dinner at Blithedale, what does Mr. Foster do while everyone adjourns to the sitting room?

2. How does Mr. Foster greet all the men while the women are preparing dinner the first night at Blithedale?

3. Who accosts Mr. Coverdale on his way back to his apartment in Section 1, Chapter 1?

4. After Mr. Foster awakens everyone at Blithedale, what does Hollingsworth begin his first day there with?

5. What does Coverdale think Hollingsworth is being reckless about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Coverdale justify sitting down to dinner with people of a lower class?

4. Why does Coverdale decide to never reveal what he overheard Zenobia and Westervelt talking about in Section 6, Chapter 12?

5. What does the man who interrupts Coverdale's meditative walk in Section 6, Chapter 11 want?

6. How did Hollingsworth come to Priscilla's aid in Section 2, Chapter 4?

7. How does Zenobia compare Coverdale and Hollingsworth?

8. How does Zenobia treat Priscilla, and what does she say to justify that behavior?

9. How does Hollingsworth and Coverdale's relationship begin to fall apart in Section 4, Chapter 8?

10. What wise suggestion of Coverdale's does Priscilla reject in Section 5, Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, The Blithedale Romance, the mystery and secrets surround the two women there, Zenobia and Priscilla, who are both in love with the same man. Examine the theme of love and the human heart in the novel, The Blithedale Romance. Where does love pertain to the novel? What does Coverdale learn about love? How can love drive us to do unimaginable things? What does love cause the characters in The Blithedale Romance to do?

Essay Topic 2

Description is the fiction-writing mode for creating a mental image of a story. Study the use of description in The Blithedale Romance. How does Coverdale describe his first impressions of life at Blithedale? How is Zenobia vividly described?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is a literary technique that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses throughout his novel, The Blithedale Romance. Explore the use of foreshadowing in The Blithedale Romance, and analyze how it has affected the overall story. Why would the author choose to use this literary device in his writing? How does the use of foreshadow enhance the story? Is it easy to see where foreshadowing has been used?

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