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 are the legal ramifications of John Andrew's death?

2. What does Jock tell Tony?

3. Who does Jock find at Jenny's flat?

4. What happens when Tony and Messinger awaken?

5. After the family meeting, where does one of Brenda's brothers go?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long is it before Tony and Messinger are able to talk to the men of the village about what they want?

3. How is it that Tony seems to be the "bad" guy in a number of ways?

4. What seems to be contrasted in this chapter?

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

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

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

8. How does Reggie present the situation about Brenda to Tony?

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

10. What are the indications that Tony may still be plagued by a "curse" or bad luck?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In most relationships, each person is getting something out of the relationship, whether or not the relationship seems good. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think John Beaver is getting out of his affair with Brenda, especially considering he does not seem to particularly like Brenda.

2. What do you think Brenda is getting out of his affair with John, especially considering she does not seem to particularly find John all that interesting.

3. What is Tony getting out of the marriage with Brenda after she begins staying in London for great lengths of time?

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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