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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
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Part 1, Chapters 16 and 17 Questions and Answers

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1. What important piece of evidence was left beside Mrs. Joe’s body?

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2. Mrs. Joe lives, but how is she afflicted?

3. What does Mrs. Joe repeatedly draw on her slate?

4. When Mrs. Joe draws this figure, who does she want to see?

5. What does the “T” represent?

6. Who are the two people Pip suspects could be Mrs. Joe’s attacker?

7. Who comes to live at the forge and cares for Mrs. Joe?

8. When Pip returns to see Miss Havisham on his birthday, what does she give him?

9. Who does Pip confide in that he wants to be a gentleman?

10. What is the reason that Pip wants to be a gentleman?

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1. A convict’s filed off leg-iron was found next to her body.

2. Her sight, hearing, memory, and speech are impaired.

3. Mrs. Joe repeatedly draws a figure that looks like a “T.”

4. When Mrs. Joe draws a “T,” she wants to see Orlick.

5. The “T” represents a hammer.

6. Pip suspects Orlick or the stranger who stirred his rum with a file at the Three Jolly Bargeman.

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7. Biddy comes to live at the forge and cares for Mrs. Joe.

8. Miss Havisham gives Pip a guinea on his birthday.

9. Pip confides to Biddy that he wants to be a gentleman.

10. Estella is the reason Pip wants to be a gentleman.

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