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. Who do Jenkins and Widmerpool find out is engaged at the end of "A Buyer's Market"?

2. Where is Jenkins employed in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

3. What does Jenkins begin to incessantly worry about in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

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

5. What event does Deacon put on in Chapter 4 of "A Buyer's Market"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ralph Barnby?

2. What happens on the way to the dance in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market" which confuses Jenkins?

3. What leads to Deacon's death?

4. What does Barnby tell Jenkins about Deacon when they meet?

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

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

7. How do Jenkins and Widmerpool react to the news of Barbara's engagement?

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

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

10. Who does Jenkins encounter as he is leaving the party in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jenkins' growth as a character. How does he grow throughout the novels? How was he able to do this? How does it change his relationships with others?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of the novel. How important is the setting to novel? What if the novel had been set in a different place and time? In your opinion, would the choices and attitudes of the main characters be different? If so, how?

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