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. Where is the newspaper that publishes a story about the lawsuit against the warden located?

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

3. What is the name of the beadsman who mutters "he didn't know" over and over?

4. The beadsman who fully supports Harding holds what position at the old men's home?

5. What purchase does Harding make that he begins to feel was lavish ?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Grantly warn Harding that will happen if he gives up his position?

3. How do Harding and Grantly feel about Bold's attempts to create reform?

4. What does Grantly say when he confronts the beadsmen about taking legal action?

5. How does a newspaper article describe Harding?

6. What happens when Bold and Mary receive their party invitations?

7. What do Grantly and the bishop tell Harding that Sir Abraham has said about their legal case?

8. Why is Eleanor not worried about seeing Bold when she goes to see Mary?

9. What is Harding's relationship to the Bishop of Barchester?

10. What do Grantly and the bishop tell Harding when he asks what should be done about the slander the Jupiter published against him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the perspective used by the author for this novel. What kind of narrator does the reader get? Why do you think the author felt third-person was the best perspective for this novel? What is gained from this perspective? Do you feel like you missed out on anything by having a third-person narrator telling the story? How would the novel be different if it was written in first-person?

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