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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following statements does not describe Irene Lapham?
(a) She prefers housekeeping to studying.
(b) She is an intellectual with a college degree.
(c) She is beautiful.
(d) She spends her leisure time shopping

2. What does Anna Corey wish her son had done instead of join Silas Lapham's paint business?
(a) Join the army.
(b) Get married.
(c) Write a novel.
(d) Take a European tour like Bromfield did in his youth.

3. What subject does Tom avoid while talking with his mother in Chapter Eight?
(a) Working for a living.
(b) Irene Lapham.
(c) Penelope Lapham.
(d) Traveling to Europe.

4. Why does Persis Lapham call her husband the Colonel?
(a) Silas Lapham was a colonel in the Revolutionary War.
(b) Silas Lapham is rigid and disciplined like an army officer.
(c) Silas Lapham reminds her of her father, an army colonel.
(d) Silas Lapham was a colonel in the Civil War.

5. What does Tom Corey overhear Silas Lapham advising his pretty typist to do?
(a) Move to a new part of town.
(b) Get a divorce.
(c) Try his family doctor for her insomnia.
(d) Get a new job.

6. How long has the Lapham family lived in their Boston home?
(a) One week.
(b) Twelve years.
(c) One month.
(d) Twenty five years.

7. In Chapter Nine, who suggests inviting the Laphams to dinner?
(a) Mr. Sewell.
(b) Bromfield Corey.
(c) Anna Corey.
(d) Nanny Corey.

8. What does Tom Corey tell his father in Chapter Eleven that Mrs. Lapham has never done, a fact the Coreys find unusual given the Lapham wealth?
(a) She has never given a dinner.
(b) She has never bought a real diamond necklace.
(c) She has never patronized a charity.
(d) She has never attended the opera.

9. What room does Irene tell Tom Corey the Laphams will have in their new Beacon Street home?
(a) A conservatory.
(b) A library.
(c) A billiard room.
(d) A music room.

10. What does Persis Lapham try unsuccessfully to get her husband to understand at the end of Chapter Nine?
(a) Irene loves Tom.
(b) The Coreys hate Irene.
(c) The Coreys hate Silas.
(d) The Coreys think they are higher socially than the Laphams.

11. When Tom Corey comes to the Lapham home for a second visit in Chapter Eleven, about whom does he ask Irene?
(a) Mr. Sewell.
(b) Silas.
(c) Persis.
(d) Penelope.

12. How old is Silas Lapham in Chapter One?
(a) Eighty.
(b) Fifty-five.
(c) Twenty-two.
(d) Forty.

13. In Chapter Four, with whom does Silas Lapham sit in the frame of a bay window at the construction site of the family's new Beacon Street house?
(a) His daughters.
(b) His wife.
(c) Bromfield Corey.
(d) Mr. Sewell.

14. Which of the following statements accurately describes the financial situation of the Lapham family and the Corey family?
(a) The Laphams have a little more money than the Coreys.
(b) The Coreys have a lot more money than the Laphams.
(c) Both families have an equal amount of money.
(d) The Laphams have a lot more money than the Coreys.

15. At the beginning of Chapter Eleven, who does Tom Corey suggest his father meet?
(a) Irene Lapham.
(b) Silas Lapham.
(c) Penelope Lapham.
(d) Mr. Sewell.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Silas Lapham tell Persis he doesn't like about Tom Corey?

2. For whom does Silas Lapham name his top brand of paint?

3. What business does Persis Lapham tell her husband she thinks Tom Corey will never go into?

4. Whose death brings sorrow to the early years of the Lapham marriage?

5. What does Anna Corey think of the Lapham family borrowing books from the public library?

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