Hard Times Hard Times Overview Quiz
by Charles Dickens

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Hard Times Overview Quiz

How should children be educated? One man thinks he knows for sure but his well-laid plans do not work out as he intends. Be sure you remember the details of the story of Thomas Grandgrind and his charges by taking the eNotes quiz for Hard Times by Charles Dickens. 

  • Question 1

    Why does Sissy come to live with the Gradgrind's?

  • Question 2

    What is Mr. Gradgrind shocked to find his own children, Tom and Louisa, doing?

  • Question 3

    What does Tom say is the only good thing about working for "old Bounderby"?

  • Question 4

    How is Sissy faring at school under Mr. M’Choakumchild's direction?

  • Question 5

    What advice does Stephen Blackwell seek from Mr. Bounderby?

  • Question 6

    Mr. Bounderby and Mr. Gradgrind blame Sissy Jupe for Tom and Louisa's indiscretion. What action do they take against her?

  • Question 7

    With what is Thomas Gradgrind, the guest lecturer at the school, most concerned?

  • Question 8

    With what two conditions does Gradgrind say Sissy must comply in order to stay?

  • Question 9

    Why does Sissy stay with the Gradgrid's despite her hardships and unhappiness?

  • Question 10

    What does Rachael prevent Stephen's wife from doing?

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