The Keepers of the House 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 looks like a choppy sea to Abigail?

2. In the first Book of Abigail, what does Abigail believe she sees over the river?

3. How did William Marshall Howland die?

4. What is Lorena diagnosed with three days after giving birth to a son?

5. Which one of Margaret's children has Abigail recently seen in the first chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memories does Abigail think of after she thinks the owl flies over the river?

2. Describe Lorena Adams.

3. In addition to the month being stated, what other clues about the season is the reader given in the first paragraph?

4. How does William live his life after the death of his wife and son?

5. In the first Book of Abigail, what does Abigail remember of being a child in this house?

6. What is the appearance of the front yard in the first section/chapter?

7. Describe the land that William Marshall Howland claims.

8. What does the narrator say in the first section that indicates that she might be lonely?

9. What does the narrator mean when she says that the county will find out about her oldest daughters being sent away because "they always know everything"?

10. Immediately after Lorena's death, what plants does William notice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of naming a child after a parent, in particular, naming sons after their fathers? When William Marshal Howland has a son, he is named only William Howland with the explanation that "his mother having come from ordinary people with no feeling for their name." Is naming of children tied to class or status?

Essay Topic 2

Has Margaret ever felt love in her life? If so, from whom? How is this love demonstrated? If a child doesn't feel love, what can be the result?

Essay Topic 3

The Providence River is mentioned three times within the first six pages. Discuss the possible significance of the river in the story.

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