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. Who does Pilgrim argue with at the party in Chapter 2 of "A Buyer's Market"?

3. Where does Deacon invite Jenkins to go with him and Gypsy in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"?

4. Who arrives at the dinner in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market" causing a twinge of dismay in Jenkins?

5. Who does Jenkins meet again at Deacon's event?

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

3. Who is Ralph Barnby?

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

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

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

7. What leads to Deacon's death?

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

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

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

The first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time" examines how time changes the relationships in one's life. Discuss how this is true with three of Jenkins' relationships.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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