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. How many men lived in the home for old men when it first started?

2. What is the name of the newspaper that publishes a story about the lawsuit against the warden?

3. Who does the narrator describe as "a man somewhat shy of speaking of himself"?

4. What is the first name of the beadsman called Skulpit?

5. Whose home is called Plumstead Episcopi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do Grantly and his lawyer prepare for the possibility that the beadsmen will take legal action against Harding?

5. How does Harding feel when Bold tells him he will probably take legal action against him?

6. How do Bold and the beadsmen feel when they read an article about Harding in the newspaper?

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

8. What happens when Bold sees Eleanor after missing Harding's party?

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

10. How does Bunce react when he finds out that most of the beadsmen have already signed the petition saying that they deserve a much bigger share of the hospital's money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at Harding's reasoning for giving up his position as warden. Why does he do this, even though Bold drops the lawsuit? Do you think he made the right decision? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the character of Tom Towers. How is he portrayed? Why is the description of his office important? What does it say about him? Why is it important that his articles are written anonymously? What point is the author trying to make through the character traits and personality of Tom?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the relationship between Harding and the bishop. Why do you think they are so close? How are they alike? How they different? How do they interact with each other? What role does the bishop play for Harding?

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