© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



by George Eliot

Middlemarch: All We Know Is That This Story Was Definitely Not Written By a Woman Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Middlemarch? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is Middlemarch?

A town
A person
A revolution
Julius Caesar’s least favorite time of the year
Q. Why do Dorothea and Casaubon have marital problems?

He has numerous affairs
She can’t get past his monthly D&D gathering in the basement
He’s too focused on his work
He has a drinking problem
Q. Why does Tertius Lydgate meet with a lot of resistance to his new medical practice?

He is not English-born
His newfangled idea about first performing surgery and then diagnosing a patient is met with a certain degree of skepticism
He has a history of medical malpractice
The townspeople don’t trust newcomers or new ideas
Q. With whom does Lydgate fall in love?

The daughter of one of his patients
One of his patients
The sister of one of his patients
The streptococcus of one of his patients
Q. Why do the Lydgates become poor?

Because Tertius is on the losing end of a lawsuit
Because they are terrible at money management
Because Tertius loses everything in a foolish investment
Because they convince the King of England to adopt the United States’ economic plan
Q. What marks the end of Rosamond and Lydgate’s marriage?

Rosamond’s death
Lydgate’s death
A divorce
A legal document proving that the Elvis impersonator who performed the ceremony in Vegas was not officially ordained