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 a Pie Wie tribal member tell Mr. Todd?

3. Why does Jock apologize?

4. What surprises Tony?

5. Where does Tony meet his traveling companion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What seems to be contrasted in this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some readers and/or critics might say that A HANDFUL OF DUST contains some elements of a dark comedy. Discuss the following giving specific examples:

1. Define dark comedy and give some examples of works of dark comedy in literature and/or film.

2. Discuss several scenes from A HANDFUL OF DUST that might contain elements of a dark comedy.

3. Why do you think Waugh incorporates elements of dark comedy into this work?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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