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In your opinion is the title "The Rise of Silas Lapham" appropriate for this book? If yes, explain why. If no, suggest a more appropriate title. Defend your choice of title.

Discuss the significance of the fictional novel "Tears, Idle Tears" as it relates to the relationship between Tom, Penelope and Irene. In what ways does Howells use this novel to strengthen and to direct this relationship?

Do you believe Lapham's financial dealings would have turned out better had he not partnered with Rogers? Explain your answer.

Consider the significance of the side plot concerning the Millons. How do Lapham's actions toward this family strengthen the reader's comprehension of Lapham's exceptional moral character and devotion?

Consider the public opinion of Penelope after Tom discloses that it was she he loved and not Irene. Do you believe this opinion is warranted? Why or why not...

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