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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 is the last name of the beadsman named Jonathon?

2. What is the name of the old men's home where Harding works?

3. How many readers does the newspaper that publishes a story about the lawsuit against the warden have, as estimated by the narrator?

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

5. What is Harding's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does a second newspaper article say about Harding and the lawsuit against him?

2. Why does Harding rush to find Sir Abraham as soon as he gets to London?

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

4. Why does Sir Abraham think Harding has come to see him?

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

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

7. How does Grantly react when Harding tells him he will resign?

8. Why does Bold suspect that he is to blame for the article in the newspaper that slanders Harding?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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