The Blithedale Romance 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 Priscilla do when Coverdale tells her that she is fortunate that she has nothing dismal to remember?

2. Who does Coverdale suggest to Hollingsworth that he believes Zenobia to be the sister of?

3. Mr. Hollingsworth finally arrives and Blithedale and brings a young girl, Priscilla; how does she react when she sees Zenobia?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Hollingsworth's reaction when Coverdale tells him that he does not know if he will ever be a philanthropist?

3. What makes Coverdale think that Zenobia will not be Priscilla's friend for long?

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

5. Why does Zenobia make Coverdale nervous?

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

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

8. What does the community surrounding Blithedale gossip about Hollingsworth and Zenobia?

9. How does Zenobia compare Coverdale and Hollingsworth?

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

Hollingsworth is a very strong dominant character in The Blithedale Romance. Analyze the character of Hollingsworth, examine his affect on the other characters, and compare his character to Coverdale. Who is more passionate about Blithedale: Hollingsworth or Coverdale? How do the other characters in the novel feel about Hollingsworth? How does Hollingsworth affect Priscilla and Zenobia?

Essay Topic 2

The novel, The Blithedale Romance, is a mysterious, cold, and somewhat Gothic story. How does Nathaniel Hawthorne set the tone in The Blithedale Romance? How is this tone important for the overall mood of the story? What is the tone in The Blithedale Romance? Does this tone seem to go well with the story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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