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. Who says, "Of course you've heard of the petition?"

2. Grantly says a local newspaper has taken up a case against the Dean of where?

3. What is the first name of the beadsman called Skulpit?

4. Who says, "You know how fond I am of sacred music"?

5. What is Dr. Grantly's first name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do not Harding and Eleanor end up living at Crabtree?

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

3. How does Bold feel when he reads about Harding in a magazine called "The Almshouse"?

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

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

6. How does Harding feel by the time he is about to meet Sir Abraham?

7. What is Harding's relationship to the Bishop of Barchester?

8. When the story ends, what is the status of Harding's family and their relationships to each other?

9. How does Bold react when he comes home and finds Eleanor there crying?

10. Why does Harding decide not to spend his second day in London in his hotel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the motives of Harding and Grantly throughout the novel. What drives each one? Which one seems to be more moral? Why? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the perspective used by the author for this novel. What kind of narrator does the reader get? Why do you think the author felt third-person was the best perspective for this novel? What is gained from this perspective? Do you feel like you missed out on anything by having a third-person narrator telling the story? How would the novel be different if it was written in first-person?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the character of Tom Towers. How is he portrayed? Why is the description of his office important? What does it say about him? Why is it important that his articles are written anonymously? What point is the author trying to make through the character traits and personality of Tom?

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