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

2. What is Gypsy's surname?

3. Whose home is Jenkins invited to in Chapter 3 of "A Buyer's Market"?

4. How does Jenkins know his feelings for Barbara are cooling?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Truscott suggest when he meets Widmerpool?

2. What does Thompsitt ask Jenkins as they leave the dance in Chapter 1 of "A Buyer's Market"? What does Jenkins think Thompsitt has realized?

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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 Powell's inspirations for the first volume of "A Dance to the Music of Time". Who are some of the real figures whom the characters are based on? What personality traits do they share? What piece of art is the work as a whole inspired from? What themes do they share?

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

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?

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