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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. How many people sit on a jury in England, according to Grantly?

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

3. Who does the narrator describe as "a man somewhat shy of speaking of himself"?

4. How much money does Harding make each year?

5. What month is it in "Chapter 3, The Bishop of Barchester"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How do the inmates at the hospital react when they hear about reforms in other churches?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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