A STEP BEYOND
_____ 1. Stephen's promise not to join the union
B. is never fully explained in the novel
C. was one made by many factory workers
B. the sick and the aged
C. animal instinct
B. foreshadows his own death
C. takes place while he is lying in the abandoned mine
B. find out how Bounderby is doing
C. take revenge on her son
B. life will be easier for him
C. Gradgrind urges him to support the marriage
B. doesn't want her to see him age
C. has an offer from another circus
II. is an indication of Mrs. Sparsit's obsessive interest in Louisa
III. leads to a secret room at the bank
B. I and II only
C. II and III only
II. says that a heart is good for circulation
III. refuses to take money from Gradgrind for Tom's release
B. I and III only
C. I, II, and III
B. describes his life in Coketown
C. is repeated often by Bounderby
B. is inherited from her mother
C. reminds Rachael of Stephen's wife's face
11. Compare the characters of Josiah Bounderby and Thomas Gradgrind, Sr.
12. What is the function of Sleary's "Horse-riding" in Hard Times?
13. Discuss the symbolism of the star seen by Stephen Blackpool?
14. Why is Sissy Jupe important to the novel?
15. In what ways is Hard Times an allegory?
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