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. Why does Tony have to prove his infidelity?

2. How does Jenny interpret John's death?

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

4. What does a Pie Wie tribal member tell Mr. Todd?

5. What is Brenda trying to get?

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

3. How has Tony again entrusted his life to someone for whom that trust is not valid?

4. What seems to be contrasted in this chapter?

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

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

7. How has John Beaver fared through the saga of Tony and Brenda's failed marriage?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One person is seldom to blame when adultery comes into a marriage. Discuss the following:

1. What factors push Brenda into adultery? Give examples.

2. What is Tony's part in why Brenda chooses to be unfaithful? Should he accept part of the blame? Give examples.

3. Do you think the way Tony treats Brenda after her request for a divorce is fair and honorable? Why or why not?

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

The men in A HANDFUL OF DUST often seem to get the bad end of the stick from the women in their lives. Some say that Waugh's somewhat compassionate treatment of Brenda and other women in his other novels who have "strayed" is a reflection of his own life. Discuss the following:

1. How does Waugh portray the relationship between men and women in A HANDFUL OF DUST?

2. Do you think Waugh's portrayal is accurate? How much of his portrayal of how the women treat the men may be a reflection of his personal experience? (This may require a little research).

3. Are there any women in the text who are portrayed admirably? Who? Give examples.

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