A Handful of Dust Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What can you infer about the Beaver household from the information in Chapter 1?

It appears that they have moved from a place of some wealth and elevated social status to a more "middle class" have-to-earn-a-living status.

2. What do you think of John Beaver's attempts to remain connected to the upper class by angling for invitations to various events.

It seems pitiful that he has such low self esteem that he must hobnob with people he perceives as his betters in order to feel OK about himself.

3. What do you think is a theme that is introduced in this first chapter?

Money and class is the first theme introduced in the novel. Mrs. Beaver has managed to hold on to her connection with the upper class and works hard to keep it. Her son's story is clearly similar.

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