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 does Grantly get to represent him in the case against Bold?

2. How is the relationship between Eleanor and Bold?

3. Who says, "Sir Abraham has given most minute attention to the case"?

4. Who says, "You know how fond I am of sacred music"?

5. How much money is Harding in debt at the beginning of Chapter 10, "Tribulation"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What does Harding do to make sure he does not become enemies with Bold?

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

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

9. How does a scandal erupt out of the legal battle between Harding and the beadsmen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the relationship between John Bold and his sister Mary. Describe how Bold and Mary interact with each other. What sense do you get about their dynamic? Why do you think they have such a close relationship? What techniques does the author use to portray their closeness to the reader? Why do you think he presents a brother and sister who are five years apart with such a close relationship?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the articles about Harding in "The Jupiter" and the two magazines that harshly attack him? What can be learned about Harding by looking at these articles? What can be learned about him from his reaction to his bad press? What does the author seem to be saying about people and gossip?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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