Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where does John encounter Tony?
2. What does Marjorie solicit of Jock?
3. Why is Jock uncomfortable with Tony at first?
4. Who believes the Abbey exhibits poor taste?
5. Who does Tony invite to the hunt?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Tony decides to go away for awhile?
2. Do you think that a class is a good enough reason to miss the beginning of an annual, traditional event at Hetton as Brenda does?
3. What does Brenda do the rest of the weekend at Hetton and why do you think she does those things?
4. What do you think is a theme that is introduced in this first chapter?
5. Describe Jock's date for the hunt weekend.
6. What do you think about Jock's behavior towards his friend, Tony?
7. How is the inadequacies of the social circle in which Brenda revolves evident with the death of John Andrew?
8. What demonstrates how very widespread the knowledge about Brenda's affair is and how much it is a topic of conversation?
9. How does Tony manage to survive in the jungle?
10. What occurs in this chapter to demonstrate how far Brenda has sunken into self deceit?
One of the major themes of A HANDFUL OF DUST is that of the differences among different classes in 1930's England. When the book opens, we meet Mrs. Beaver and her son John, who though they once lived in luxury, now get by through Mrs. Beaver's foray into the mundane middle class of making a living. Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Discuss the idea of "class" as it exists in this novel. Be sure to include specific examples from the text and a definition of class.
2. Compare and contrast the life of upper-class England with that of either the middle class or lower class (i.e., the servants) as it exists in the novel. What is the upper class attitude towards earning a living? The middle class? The lower class? Which class seems the most practical? The most idealistic?
3. Discuss the following question: What is more of a barrier among people: class, education, religion or gender? Explain your reasoning fully using examples both from the text and your own life experiences.
Divorce in that era of England is not a simple matter. There are ways one has to "jump through hoops" in order to get a divorce. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss what Tony has to do in order to effect an honorable divorce from Brenda. What do you think of his methods?
2. Compare and contrast the divorce proceedings of the time in the novel with the 21st century America. Which seems to be a better method? Do both ways have their good points? Pitfalls?
3. How does Brenda's greed in the divorce and throughout the story end up causing her to have nothing? Is this just desserts? Why or why not?
One person is seldom to blame when adultery comes into a marriage. Discuss the following:
1. What factors push Brenda into adultery? Give examples.
2. What is Tony's part in why Brenda chooses to be unfaithful? Should he accept part of the blame? Give examples.
3. Do you think the way Tony treats Brenda after her request for a divorce is fair and honorable? Why or why not?
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