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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Giles ask Jenkins to do in Chapter 4 of "A Question of Upbringing"?
2. What does Jenkins say he can see when he looks back at his memories?
3. What does Giles do while visiting the dormitory which could get Jenkins in trouble?
4. At school, what does Sillers often organize in the afternoon?
5. How does Jenkins describe Templer's personality?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Templer admit when he returns late to the boarding house from London?
2. Who is Sillers?
3. How does Widmerpool react to Jenkins' confession about Le Bas' arrest?
4. What does Jenkins note about Stringham's mother in "A Question of Upbringing"?
5. What do the students mean when they refer to items of clothing as a "Widmerpool"?
6. What opportunity presents itself to Stringham at one of Sillers' afternoon tea events?
7. Why is Jenkins annoyed by Giles in Chapter 4 of "A Question of Upbringing"?
8. What is Widmerpool doing when he and Jenkins first meet?
9. Where does Jenkins travel to in Chapter 3 of "A Question of Upbringing"? Who does he find is also there?
10. How does Jenkins describe the difference between Templer and Stringham?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze and interpret the character Kenneth Widmerpool. What are his defining character traits? What struggles and obstacles does he face throughout the novel? What does the reader learn about his background and family life? What is his reputation? How is he treated by others?
Essay Topic 2
Powell tells Jenkins story from Jenkins' perspective, and as such, the reader is only privy to as much as Jenkins is. Thus, there is a significant amount of ambiguity in the novel. What are some examples of ambiguity? How does Jenkins try to interpret these ambiguous moments or characters?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the social conventions illustrated in the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". What are some of the social mores and practices that Jenkins observes or adheres to himself? What do these conventions suggest of the characters place in society?
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