A Handful of Dust Test | Final 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. What does Brenda ask about Tony's trip?

2. What are the legal ramifications of John Andrew's death?

3. Who is Tony's new partner?

4. What does Tony slip to the man who visits the camp?

5. About what does Mr. Todd become evasive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tony manage to survive in the jungle?

2. How does Tony finally take some of his own personal power back and take charge of his destiny?

3. How does Brenda take the news of her son's death?

4. What is the symbolic significance of the first book that Tony reads?

5. What seems most important to Tony as he lies possibly dying and alone?

6. What happens after Brenda has written Tony and telling him about John Beaver?

7. What is rather ironic about how divorce is treated in this era?

8. How is the inadequacies of the social circle in which Brenda revolves evident with the death of John Andrew?

9. How does Brenda use the death of her son to justify her request for a divorce?

10. What is Tony's position in Brenda's social circle by the end of this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare and contrast Tony Last with John Beaver.

2. Compare and contrast Brenda Last as she really is with whom Tony Last believes she is.

3. Discuss the roles of Jock Grant-Menzies, Mrs. Beaver, Marjorie, Dr. Messinger and Mr. Todd in the lives of the two major characters, Brenda and Tony Last. Is everyone of these secondary characters vital to the novel? Are any of them a foil to one of the major characters?

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

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?

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