A Dance to the Music of Time: A Question of Upbringing. a Buyer's Market. the Acceptance World Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Jenkins note about the location of the party in Chapter 2 of "A Buyer's Market"?

2. What does Widmerpool do at the firm he works for?

3. What is Deacon bothered by in a club in Chapter 4 of "A Buyer's Market"?

4. Where do the Walpole-Wilsons live?

5. Who introduces Barbara to Jenkins?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jenkins attend in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"? What relieves Jenkins at the event?

2. Who is Ralph Barnby?

3. In Chapter 2 of "A Buyer's Market", why does it seem to Jenkins that Stringham is well acquainted with Milly?

4. When does Jenkins realize his feelings for Barbara must be cooling?

5. When speaking to Widmerpool after the dance, what does Jenkins say he is doing to earn a living? What does Windmerpool think of Jenkins' employment?

6. What does Barbara do to embarrass herself and Windmerpool at the dance in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

7. In Jenkins' eyes, what makes Eleanor different from the other society girls?

8. Where does Jenkins encounter Widmerpool in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"? What does he find out about Widmerpool ?

9. After the sugar incident, what does Jenkins realize about Barbara?

10. Why does the topic of conversation turn to Gypsy when Jenkins and Widmerpool meet at the Waldpole-Wilsons' estate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of marriage and divorce in the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". Who marries in the novels? Who divorces or separates in the novels? Why? What does Jenkins think of marriage and divorce?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret Powell's use of humor in the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". How does he illustrate the lives of the English upper-class in a humorous light? Who are some of the comedic characters in the novels? What are some of the comedic situations in the novel?

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