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?
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
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.
There is a lot of foreshadowing throughout this story. Discuss the following:
1. How is Brenda's affair with John Beaver foreshadowed? Give examples.
2. How is John Andrew's death foreshadowed? Give examples.
3. Do you think Tony becoming lost in the jungle "forever" is foreshadowed? Why or why not? Give examples.
4. Do you think the author's use of foreshadowing is effective? Why or why not?
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