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Mid-Book 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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The men in A HANDFUL OF DUST often seem to get the bad end of the stick from the women in their lives. Some say that Waugh's somewhat compassionate treatment of Brenda and other women in his other novels who have "strayed" is a reflection of his own life. Discuss the following:

1. How does Waugh portray the relationship between men and women in A HANDFUL OF DUST?

2. Do you think Waugh's portrayal is accurate? How much of his portrayal of how the women treat the men may be a reflection of his personal experience? (This may require a little research).

3. Are there any women in the text who are portrayed admirably? Who? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Tony is an aristocrat who is still immersed in the Victorian era. His wife, Brenda is the embodiment of the more modern times and beliefs. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss characteristics of the Victorian era and where those appear in the novel.

2. Discuss the characteristics of the post-Victorian and where those appear in the novel.

3. Compare and contrast the Victorian era with the post-Victorian era of the first several decades of the 20th century.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of themes in this story, one of which has already been discussed. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose two major themes (other than that of class) and analyze them and discuss examples of where that theme appears in the text.

2. Compare and contrast two major themes in the novel to those themes found in other texts/movies with which you are familiar.

3. Other than class, which theme do you think is the major theme of the book? Discuss why and give example

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