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. Who looks at Coverdale scornfully from the boardinghouse window before lowering the curtain?

2. After Priscilla is summoned, why does Coverdale realize there is no peril of her communicating to him any of Zenobia's designs?

3. In Section 9, Chapter 18, what torments Coverdale at night in his hotel room?

4. In a lyceum hall where he is attending an interview, who does Coverdale see several rows in front of him?

5. Where did Moodie say that he lived twenty-five years earlier?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Zenobia asks for Priscilla's forgiveness in Section 13, Chapter 25, what question does Zenobia ask her?

2. What message does Zenobia ask Coverdale to take to Hollingsworth after she leaves Blithedale?

3. What is ironic about Hollingsworth accidentally wounding Zenobia's corpse?

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

5. How was Moodie's life different twenty-five years ago?

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

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

8. What is ironic about Coverdale encountering Hollingsworth at a village hall during an interview with the Veiled Lady?

9. How does Coverdale feel as he leaves Blithedale in Section 8, Chapter 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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