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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 is Charles plagued by in this chapter?

2. Why does Jasper think Charles' friends are a bad influence?

3. Boy suggests they go to __________.

4. Where does Charles paint his mural?

5. In which city is Charles' home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Waugh dealt with the theme of homosexuality so far in the novel?

2. How have the other characters in the story lead Charles to religion?

3. How does the ocean liner serve as a metaphor for Charles and Julia's love affair?

4. How does Charles travel to Venice in Chapter 4?

5. Describe Charles and Sebastian's life at Brideshead during the summer.

6. From whose point of view is the story told?

7. Describe Waugh's writing style.

8. Summarize the story.

9. What information does Rex impart to Charles about the Marchmain family?

10. How is memory used in Chapters 7 and 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is partly set in London.

1) What meaning does London bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that is set in London?

2) How different do you think today's London is to the London in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's London?

3) How do you think the interior settings of the novel contribute to the novel's dark atmosphere?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the state of the world before the Second World War. Which countries were in power? Which countries were oppressed? What was the state of the world's economy? What kind of environment allowed for such a war and such radical opinion to be accepted by people?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Waugh's writing style. How would you describe Waugh's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Waugh's style give to the story?

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