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 Messinger decide to do?

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

3. How is Tony doing in the wake of Brenda's request to end their marriage?

4. What strikes terror into Rosa's people?

5. What rumor is Brenda spreading about Tony?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What seems to be contrasted in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A HANDFUL OF DUST takes its title from a T.S. Eliot poem titled "The Wasteland." Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Discuss the similar themes that are jointly present in "The Wasteland" and A Handful of Dust.

2. Compare and contrast the use of a poem versus a novel to express similar ideas.

3. Discuss why both Eliot and Waugh, who wrote in the same era, would be interested in the same social themes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Evelyn Waugh is known for his social satires, A HANDFUL OF DUST being one of his most well-known. Discuss the following:

1. What is a social satire? Give other examples besides A Handful of Dust.

2. Discuss why A Handful of Dust is considered a social satire. Give specific examples to support your ideas.

3. Discuss how effective A HANDFUL OF DUST is as a social satire.

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