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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 subject does Tom avoid while talking with his mother in Chapter Eight?
2. What have the Corey ladies lost when they first meet the Laphams?
3. What does Tom Corey overhear Silas Lapham advising his pretty typist to do?
4. Who meets the boat with a carriage and driver to take Silas Lapham and Tom Corey home?
5. Why hasn't Bromfield Corey seen Bartley Hubbard's article in The Events about Silas Lapham?
Short Essay Questions
1. What different opinions do Silas and Persis Lapham have in Chapter Seven for why Tom Corey visits them?
2. How does Penelope react to Tom Corey's visits in Chapter Eleven, and what does her behavior indicate?
3. Why do the Coreys consider themselves "better" than the Laphams, and what virtues does Silas Lapham possess that the Coreys do not?
4. When Tom Corey comes to their new home's construction site, why do the Laphams leave him alone with Irene?
5. What aspect of Tom Corey's life does Silas Lapham disapprove of, and what action does Lapham think it would take to improve Corey?
6. Why does Bartley Hubbard interview Silas Lapham, and what differing views of success do Hubbard and Lapham have?
7. Describe Bromfield Corey's life and how it differs from Silas Lapham's.
8. Why are the Laphams considered deficient in social graces?
9. What information is revealed about Zerrilla Dewey in Chapter Eight and what does Walker the bookkeeper seem to imply about her relationship with Silas Lapham?
10. How does Tom Corey describe the Lapham family to his mother?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Persis Lapham, Anna Corey, and Moll Millon. Include a discussion of their role as mothers and their influence on their children's lives. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Silas Lapham, Bromfield Corey, and Tom Corey in The Rise of Silas Lapham. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of self sacrifice in The Rise of Silas Lapham. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
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