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Silas Marner - Context
What were the weavers called who violently protested against mechanized textile production?

Silas Marner - Context

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This senior high school English Literature quiz will challenge you on context in George Eliot's Silas Marner. The environment in which a text is written is its context. In many ways context resembles and can sometimes be confused with setting. You might like to think of context as the author’s own setting. Geographical location, political events, and social issues together create the context of any particular text. Issues and events from the author’s past can often have as much effect on a text as those occurring contemporaneously. Context also includes any personal beliefs of the author which help to shape the work.

1.
Which of the following is true?
Although the class system affects characters in the novel, class had ceased to affect British people during Eliot's lifetime
Although the Industrial Revolution encouraged some social mobility, the class system continued to have an impact on people's lives during the second half of the nineteenth century
In contrast to the rigid class system of her own time, Eliot creates an idealized village in which class plays no part
None of the above
Class distinctions are very much present in Raveloe. Silas's interruption of the men in the Rainbow to report the theft of his gold is not as disruptive as his interruption of a private dinner party at the Red House after he finds Molly Farren. In addition, Godfrey's secret marriage to Molly is disgraceful because of her lowly status. Such social stratification continues throughout the nineteenth century
2.
Which of the following refers to one of the greatest changes experienced in Britain between the latter half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century?
The Industrial Revolution
The Renaissance
The Civil War
The Reformation
Agriculture and textiles, along with other crafts, became more mechanized. Many people's livelihoods were destroyed as machines came to replace human labor. Silas's craft as a weaver is endangered by mechanized textile production
3.
Unlike many women in the nineteenth century, George Eliot was very well-educated, both formally and self-taught. How does Eppie receive an education?
She attends a grammar school for girls, where she learns reading, arithmetic, music and science
She learns to read from Silas
She attends grammar school alongside Aaron
She spends a short period each day at a "dame school" in order to learn to read
Girls who were fortunate enough to receive some education learned to read at dame school. George Eliot, who was born in 1819, was sent away to various boarding schools to receive a more thorough education than Eppie's
4.
Eliot's religious views were influenced by which of the following?
Evangelical Christianity
Atheism
Wide theological reading
All of the above
Eliot rejected her evangelical background, but developed a friendly predisposition towards genuine beliefs which encouraged good in humanity
5.
Silas's chapel in Lantern Yard differs from the church in Raveloe by being which of the following?
Silas's chapel is not Christian; the church in Raveloe is
Silas's chapel is non-conformist; the church in Raveloe is established (Church of England)
Silas's chapel is traditional; the church in Raveloe is not
The chapel and the church do not differ in any way other than by name
Eliot portrays the worshippers in Raveloe as content with tradition, even when they do not understand doctrine or their own beliefs. Silas's chapel encourages education and a better understanding of belief, but also becomes a cruel and unwelcoming place for the falsely-accused young man
6.
When was Silas Marner first published?
1761
1811
1861
1911
The novel is set in the first half of the century
7.
Dunstan and Godfrey are short of money at the beginning of the novel despite being sons of the local squire. Which one of the following is NOT a reason for their lack of money?
The Squire's estate is poor and his tenants do not pay their rent
Godfrey, as the eldest son, will only inherit his wealth after his father's death
Dunstan, as a younger son of Squire Cass, will not inherit his father's estate
The Squire has been lax about making his sons leave home to earn a living
The nineteenth century saw the rise of a new class of people made wealthy through manufacture, rather than through inherited wealth linked to land
8.
Which of the following is NOT true?
George Eliot was the pen-name of Mary Ann Evans
George Eliot revealed her identity as an author during her lifetime
Women were not permitted to publish novels during the 19th century
Several female authors in the nineteenth-century published under male pen-names
By using a pen name, especially one which was masculine, some female authors hoped for their works to be judged upon merit, rather than being approached with prejudice
9.
Why can Godfrey not divorce Molly?
Fathers could forbid their heirs from divorcing
Obtaining a divorce was legally impossible
Obtaining a divorce required a private Act of Parliament
Only a woman could petition for divorce. Men could not ask for a divorce
Until 1857, only Parliament could grant a divorce. Such divorces could only be granted in cases of adultery. They were also very expensive and thus limited to the wealthy
10.
What were the weavers called who violently protested against mechanized textile production?
Puritans
Diggers
Luddites
Levellers
In a bid to save the livelihood of weavers, the Luddites broke up power looms and weaving frames between 1811 and 1812. Interestingly, these violent protests take place during the years when Silas Marner leaps forward to its second part. Silas's trade has begun to suffer by this point. Eliot writes from a perspective in time when mechanized textile production has become completely dominant
Author:  Sheri Smith

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