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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 would always say, "Well, well, Mr. Harding; you're too good, much too good"?

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

3. Who does Grantly worry will attempt to talk to Sir Abraham?

4. What is Mary's relation to Bold?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Hiram's Hospital come to exist?

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

10. Why is Harding hesitant to let Grantly take on Bold in a legal battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the relationship between Grantly and his father, the bishop. What roles do Grantly and his father play at the church? What roles do they seem to play in their families? How does the bishop seem to feel about his son? How does Grantly seem to feel about the bishop? Why do you think the bishop always lets his son take charge of situations?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the author's use of Greek mythology in the novel. Where can you see references to it? Why do you think the author includes these references to ancient Greek mythology? Was is surprising to see these references in a book about the Christian church?

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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