Howards End: Forster's Novel of Family and Social Class Video


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In Forster's Howards End, this family is upper-middle-class and obsessed with work and business.

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1. In his novel 'Howards End', why did Forster made all three families middle-class, according to critics?

2. What is Forster's purpose for writing the novel 'Howards End'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of E.M. Forster's Howards End. Some of the material you will be assessed on include descriptions of the families found within the novel as well as identifying Forster's thematic concerns in the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The upper-middle-class family from the story obsessed with work and business
  • Forster's primary thematic concerns in Howards End
  • The family in Howards End more concerned with arts and philosophy
  • Identifying the closing words of the novel
  • The family constantly on the verge of poverty in the novel

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Forster's Howards End
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the various families from the book in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Forster's primary focus in Howards End

Additional Learning

To learn more about the work of E.M. Forster, review the accompanying lesson called Howards End: Forster's Novel of Family and Social Class. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Relate the basic plot of Forster's Howards End
  • Compare and contrast the three main families of Howards End: the Wilcoxes, the Basts, and the Schlegels
  • Tell how the themes of class and family dominate the discussion of Howards End