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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. About what part of Ashenden's life does he reminisce?

2. What is Kear free of?

3. What does Roy want when he calls William?

4. Who is Mrs. Encombe?

5. Who sees William off when he is leaving for fall term?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when William finds Rosie at tea one evening and then after Rosie walks out the door?

2. What does William think about Ted's depiction of the high-born and others comparing Ted s to Shakespeare?

3. Describe Quinten Forde.

4. How does Ashenden characterize Alroy Kear's writing career?

5. What happens when William comes home for Easter Break and what surprising announcement does the Vicar make?

6. Describe Ted Driffield.

7. What does William express about the concept of beauty?

8. What does Ashenden think about Roy as a person?

9. Describe Roy Kear.

10. What are Roy and William doing and what topic does Roy bring up?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roy never marries because he believes marriage interferes with art and "people do not want to be bothered with the wives of authors and painters." Discuss the following:

1. How do you think having a spouse can detract from one's art?

2. How do you think having a spouse can enhance one's art?

3. When looking at the ways a spouse can either enhance or detract from one's art, which matrimonial state do you think you would choose were you an artist? Why?

4. What other aspects of life can detract and/or enhance one's artistic output?

Essay Topic 2

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Cakes and Ale, although at the time the time is contemporary. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast several aspects of the setting of that day from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms and expectations, technology, religion, and medicine.

2. Do you think Cakes and Ale would be different if it were set in the United States of America in that same era? Consider particularly class issues.

3. What issues that are present in the time of Cakes and Ale would still be issues today? What would no longer be issues? Consider such things as class, women's roles, sexual freedom, propriety, manners, and integrity.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 10, over dinner, the Vicar announces that the Driffields have bolted to London, abandoning their debts. Discuss the following:

1. How do Mary-Ann and Rosie's view of abandoning their debt coincide? Do you agree with their point of view? See chapter 13 for Rosie's point of view about the debt.

2. What do you think it says about the Driffields that they flee debts accrued? Do you think the fact that the debts are in a small town by small merchants changes the morality of it? Why or why not?

3. By the time Ted has been married to Amy for a while, William notes that Amy has reformed him from being a Bohemian. What is a Bohemian? Are Bohemians less reputable than a "normal" person? Would a Bohemian be more likely to abandon his/her debt? Explain your answers.

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