The Warden 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. Who asks, " And who does manage the hospital"?

2. What does Harding call Eleanor as a nickname?

3. What is Harding's first name?

4. What is the name of the beadsman who wants all the other men to sign a petition against Harding?

5. What animal does the narrator compare Grantly to in Chapter 5, "Dr. Grantly Visits the Hospital"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bold take issue with the charitable men's home?

2. How does Harding react when Eleanor describes Bold as her enemy?

3. How does the charitable men's home manage its money?

4. What happens when Bold goes to visit Harding, hoping to demand a detailed statement of the hospital's accounts?

5. Why is no new warden appointed for the hospital?

6. Why does Eleanor decide to visit Bold at the beginning of Chapter 11 "Iphigenia"?

7. Why does Bold leave angrily from his meeting with Tom?

8. What advice does Grantly's wife give him that he refuses to listen to?

9. How does Harding react when he reads an article about himself in the newspaper?

10. Why does Bold suspect that he is to blame for the article in the newspaper that slanders Harding?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Sir Abraham. What role does he serve in the novel? How do his views on morality shed light on Harding's moral conflict for the reader? Why do you think the author gives him such exaggerated characteristics?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the author's use of names throughout the book. What are some of the telling names he gives his characters? Why do you think he uses the obvious names? For at least three characters, explain what you think he is trying to convey to his readers with these names. Use examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Explore Harding's willingness to fight to give up his position as warden. Why does Harding suddenly decide to fight? How has he acted prior to this? What examples can you think of for times he did not fight for what he wanted? Why do you think he chooses this time to not let Grantly boss him around? Is it important that Grantly and Susan think he is being foolish? Why or why not?

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