The Blithedale Romance Test | Final 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. In Section 8, Chapter 15, Hollingsworth, having no faith in Coverdale's dream, mentions his own scheme for what?

2. At the interview that Coverdale is attending, who appears onstage in Oriental robes?

3. After Priscilla is summoned to see Coverdale, he asks her when she will return to Blithedale; how does she respond?

4. What does Hollingsworth's pole strike at the bottom of the river while searching for Zenobia?

5. In Section 9, Chapter 17, Coverdale obtains a room in a respectable hotel in town; what makes him feel stifled at first?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Coverdale compare the setting of his hotel to the setting at Blithedale?

2. How does Zenobia's death parallel with many village maidens who have also been wronged by their first love?

3. How does Coverdale find Moodie?

4. What does Silas Foster think about Zenobia's disappearance?

5. How does Zenobia demonstrate her love and loyalty for Hollingsworth?

6. What questions does Zenobia ask Hollingsworth at Eliot's Pulpit in Section 13, Chapter 25?

7. What is one thing that Coverdale observes while looking out his hotel window?

8. Why is Coverdale jealous of Westervelt?

9. What is Westervelt's role at the interview with the Veiled Lady that Coverdale attends in Section 12, Chapter 23?

10. What gets Moodie to reveal his past to Coverdale?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characterization is often listed as one of the fundamental elements of fiction. Examine the different types of characters in fiction and relate them to the characters in The Blithedale Romance. How important are the characters in The Blithedale Romance? How do even minor characters add to the overall story?

Essay Topic 2

Section 9, Chapter 18, brings the character of Westervelt back into the story. Although Westervelt's character is not a main one, his role in the story is important. Analyze the character of Westervelt and his affect on the other characters in the novel, The Blithedale Romance. What kind of person is Westervelt? Is Westervelt interested in Zenobia or Priscilla? What does Coverdale see Westervelt's smile the mark of? Would Westervelt be considered a protagonist in this story?

Essay Topic 3

The style in which the author of The Blithedale Romance writes is very important to the overall story. Study Nathaniel Hawthorne's use of style in The Blithedale Romance and how it affects the overall story. What choices does Hawthorne use in his writing that shows his unique style? Does Hawthorne use tactical choices in grammar or word usage? How can sentence and paragraph length affect the overall story? What kind of imagery does Hawthorne use?

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