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 says, "I have the well-being of my child to look to"?

2. Grantly compares the newspaper that speaks badly of the warden to what in America?

3. What is Mary's relation to Bold?

4. How long has Bold been in the city where the old men's home is located?

5. Who says, "My dear old friend, there is nothing: there is no news to cheer me--God's will be done."?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does a newspaper article describe Harding?

4. What happens after Eleanor reproaches Bold for being at odds with her father?

5. What does Grantly do after he decides to nip the beadsmens' rebellion in the bud.

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

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

8. Why does the narrator say he has made up the town of Barchester?

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

10. How does the bishop react when Harding tells him that Bold, who might marry his daughter, is looking to take legal action against him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the use of foreshadowing in the novel. What instances of foreshadowing appear early in the novel? How do they eventually play out in the novel? What purpose do these hints from the author serve to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of mixed motives found in the book. Who in the novel seems to have mixed motives? Cite at least three characters who have mixed motives and explain what they are? What does the author seem to be saying about the nature of mankind by giving his characters mixed motives?

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