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. How does Barbara cut through Jenkins' shyness when they meet?

2. Who is the hostess of the party in Chapter 2 of "A Buyer's Market"?

3. What is the title of the flyers Deacon and Gypsy distribute?

4. What does Deacon ask Jenkins about when they meet on the street in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. After meeting Barbara Goring, what does Jenkins worry about?

2. Who is Max Pilgrim? Why do he and Deacon argue in Chapter 2 of "A Buyer's Market"?

3. Who is Ralph Barnby?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. As Jenkins and his acquaintances are having coffee in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market", who comes along with an invitation for them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of coincidences in the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". What are some examples of coincidences? Why might Powell include so many coincidences? How are coincidences used as a plot device in the three novels?

Essay Topic 2

There are many secondary characters in Powell's work. Analyze and interpret at least five of the secondary characters of the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". How important are they to the protagonist and the plot? What are their defining character traits?

Essay Topic 3

What is the genre of the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time"? What are some examples of other works of this genre? What are the characteristics of this genre? What are some examples of these characteristics in the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time"?

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