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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 is Brenda staying?

2. Why is Jock uncomfortable with Tony at first?

3. How does Tony feel around Jenny?

4. Who does Brenda visit in London?

5. What does Marjorie solicit of Jock?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jock's date for the hunt weekend.

2. How does it seem the women and men of the upper social class are portrayed in this chapter?

3. Is it likely that John Beaver at this point is not really interested in pursuing something with Brenda Last?

4. How has Tony again entrusted his life to someone for whom that trust is not valid?

5. How does it seem Mrs. Beaver is manipulating something between Brenda and John Beaver?

6. How is it that John Andrew gets caught in the middle of the problems between his parents?

7. What does Brenda do the rest of the weekend at Hetton and why do you think she does those things?

8. 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?

9. What are a couple of the reactions to Brenda seeing John Beaver?

10. How is John Beaver's social standing improving through his affair with Brenda?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In , Chapter 3, "Hard Cheese on Tony , Part 1," Tony encounters Jock at the Brat's Club. At first Jock feels a little awkward with Tony, since everyone knows about Brenda's affair with John Beaver. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think it is wrong of Jock to know something so important to Tony's life and not tell him? Why or why not?

2. Where are there other examples in the text when Brenda's affair is being discussed? Give examples and analyze the motives of the characters and morality of the situation.

3. Do you think Brenda not saying anything sooner is motivated out of compassion or greed? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 2, "English Gothic: Part Three," Brenda is just taking the first steps on the road to adultery. Discuss the following:

1. Is it obvious yet that Brenda consciously intends to develop her curiosity of John Beaver into a full-blown affair? Why or why not?

2. Is it obvious yet that John consciously intends to develop his flirtation with Brenda into a full-blown affair? Why or why not?

3. What is similar about these two characters that puts them on the path to having an affair? Could either have stopped this becoming an affair, or is the dye already cast by this early chapter?

Essay Topic 3

Often the people hurt the most in a situation like that of Tony and Brenda's is a child. John Andrew plays a pivotal role in the melodrama of Brenda's descent into selfishness. Discuss the following:

1. Compare the relationship between John Andrew and each of his parents.

2. How does the relationship between John Andrew and his parents (individually) change over the course of the story?

3. How does John Andrew tip the scales in Brenda's decision to reveal all to Tony? Do you think she is genuinely grieved about her son's death or glad for an opportunity for "total freedom"?

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