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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. In what year does the novel begin?

2. Where does Sebastian's father live?

3. What is the name of Julia's new boyfriend?

4. Who is the only character put on trial in this chapter?

5. What is the name of Lord Marchmain's mistress?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Brideshead interest Charles so much?

2. Describe Sebastian's parents.

3. What had Charles noticed about Sebastian even before they became friends?

4. Describe what Charles sees in the chapel.

5. What does Charles learn about Sebastian in Chapters 7 and 8?

6. How did Sebastian injure his foot in Chapter 3?

7. What is Charles' reason for not wanting a priest to give Lord Marchmain his religious rites?

8. Describe Charles' marriage to Celia.

9. In what is Rex an unsavory character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss 's Waugh's life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Brideshead Revisited has been a reference point for many any other works. Choose a film or book written after Brideshead Revisited that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss their similarities in terms of

a) plot

b) character

c) themes

Essay Topic 3

The novel is partly set in Oxford.

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

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

3) How do you think the setting contributes to the novel's humor?

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