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. When Eleanor sees Harding upset, who does she try to send him?

2. Who tells Grantly that he should let Bold marry Eleanor?

3. What is the name of the made up cathedral town where the story takes place?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does a newspaper article describe Harding?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the author's use of names throughout the book. What are some of the telling names he gives his characters? Why do you think he uses the obvious names? For at least three characters, explain what you think he is trying to convey to his readers with these names. Use examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the description of Grantly's home. How does the description paint Grantly? Why do you think the author chooses to show Grantly's true nature through a description of his home? Why do you think he does not just explain to the reader all of Grantly's characteristics?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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