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 Jock tell Tony?

2. What is wrong with Tony?

3. What does Messinger hope to find now?

4. What letter does Tony receive from Brenda on Monday?

5. How does Tony feel during his travels upstream in a small boat.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What seems to be contrasted in this chapter?

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

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

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

7. Why does Tony have to appear to be in the wrong?

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

9. What do Messigner and Tony decide to do and do you think they make the best choice?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, "Hard Cheese on Tony: Part Seven," Brenda sends Tony a letter telling him about her affair with John and asking to end their marriage. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Brenda would be so cruel as to write Tony just a couple days after the death of their son?

2. Do you think Brenda ever loved Tony? Why or why not? Give examples.

3. What would be your response if someone did something like what Brenda does in writing Tony so soon after the death of their son?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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