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. What does Harding demand to see a copy of in Chapter 9, "The Conference"?

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

3. What is the relationship between Harding and the bishop?

4. How is the relationship between Eleanor and Bold?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Harding and Grantly feel about Bold's attempts to create reform?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does a newspaper article describe Harding?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore Harding's willingness to fight to give up his position as warden. Why does Harding suddenly decide to fight? How has he acted prior to this? What examples can you think of for times he did not fight for what he wanted? Why do you think he chooses this time to not let Grantly boss him around? Is it important that Grantly and Susan think he is being foolish? Why or why not?

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