The Ultimate
Hard Times
Book Quiz

Question 1 of 14

Thomas Gadgrind instills what sort of philosophy at his school?

  • Believing in only facts--never fantasy
  • Using your imagination whenever possible
  • Working hard pays off
  • Honesty is one thing that will never lead you astray

Question 2 of 14

Thomas Gadgrind gets upset when he finds his children spying on what?

  • The circus
  • His work
  • The movies
  • A local celebrity

Question 3 of 14

What happened to Sissy's father?

  • He deserted her
  • He succumed to disease
  • He ran away with Sissy's mother
  • He was sent to prison for stealing

Question 4 of 14

What term is used to describe the lower-class laborers?

  • Hands
  • Peasants
  • Lowlies
  • Commoners

Question 5 of 14

What does Stephen Blackpool most desire?

  • To divorce his wife
  • To find a decent job
  • To become a wealthy man
  • To leave Coketown once and for all

Question 6 of 14

Why does Sissy Jupe struggle in school?

  • She cannot learn under the "cold, hard facts" philosophy
  • She doesn't have the desire to study
  • She's only interested in mathematics
  • She gets too distracted during instruction

Question 7 of 14

What is the general weather like in Coketown?

  • Overcast and hazy
  • Sunny and bright
  • Snowy and cold
  • Windy

Question 8 of 14

What does Stephen Blackpool refuse to do at work?

  • Join a union against his employer
  • Come in early
  • Work every Saturday
  • Lie for a dishonest coworker

Question 9 of 14

What is Stephen Blackpool accused of doing?

  • Robbing a bank
  • Stealing money from his workplace
  • Acting as a spy
  • Making his wife ill

Question 10 of 14

With whom does Louisa begin a relationship with, despite her marriage?

  • James Harthouse
  • Stephen Blackpool
  • Sissy Jupe's older brother
  • Tom Gradgrind's best friend

Question 11 of 14

What lie does Mr. Bounderby continue to tell?

  • His mother abandoned him in a gutter
  • His father is the wealthiest man in Coketown
  • He made all of his money honestly
  • He was a war hero

Question 12 of 14

What was Stephen Blackpool's fate?

  • He fell into a mining shaft
  • He came down with a fatal fever
  • He was shot
  • He died in jail after being accused of a crime

Question 13 of 14

Through whom does Louisa finally experience happiness and imagination?

  • Sissy's children
  • Her own children
  • Tom's new wife
  • Her new, loving husband

Question 14 of 14

What could the reader argue is the source of Sissy's joy?

  • Her imagination and desire to wonder
  • Her work ethic
  • Her positive attitude
  • Her religioin

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