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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

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 2

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

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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