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The Lapham Home--This farm home symbolizes Lapham's native origins. Crude and in the backwoods, it takes its pride from the traditions of pioneering Americans. 4. The Corey Home--Symbolic of sterile aristocracy, the Corey home is described in detail when the Laphams come in contact with it for the dinner party. It represents the grace and elegance of the Coreys which will die because of their passive attitude toward the progressive, materialistic world. It will soon be in a neighborhood of boarding houses, Howells tells the reader.

Morality) 10. What is the condition of the late 1800 American society? (Society) 11. Is Bromfield Corey a true artist? (Art) 12. What has happened to art with the rise of the middle class? (Art) 13. What message does The Rise of Silas Lapham have for Americans today? (Americanism and Universality) 14. What is the significance of Lapham's statement on his advertisements? (Chapter I) 15. Who makes the Laphams aware of their unfashionable neighborhood? (Chapter II) 16. How does Mrs. Lapham feel about Silas' relationship with his former partner?

Chapter XXV) 39. With whom does Silas try to unite his business? (Chapter XXVI) 40. What does Silas say about his relationship with Rogers? (Chapter XXVII) 41. Compare and contrast Silas Lapham to Bromfield Corey. 42. Show how realism combats and defeats romanticism in this novel. 43. Compare Howells to Mark Twain or Henry James. 44. Show how The Rise of Silas Lapham could be looked at as a social satire or a comedy of manners. com 45. Show how The Rise of Silas Lapham portrays the death of Puritanism.

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