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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 William trying to do on Easter break?

2. With whom has Kear just spent a weekend?

3. What happens when William is riding a bike soon after he learns how?

4. How does Ted Driffield act the last time William saw him?

5. What does Roy want when he calls William?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mrs. Greencourt's tea party, particularly the conversation about the Driffields and literature.

2. What does William learn from Mary-Ann?

3. Why does Roy want William's assistance in writing Ted's biograph and what is Roy's purpose in doing so?

4. What does Ashenden ignore but still wonder about?

5. How does William link Ted's advancing age with his success?

6. What is fashionable to do when William is a young man?

7. What does Amy Driffield ask of William?

8. How does William act for a while around the Driffields after seeing Rosie with Kemp?

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

10. How does Ted know the Kemp family and what does he think of them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, when William is thinking back to the one time he meets Amy he remembers Amy is anxious that William not stir up painful old memories in the frail old man. On the ride back, Hodmarsh defends Amy as a sacrificial caregiver. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the motives behind Amy not wanting to stir up memories in Ted? Do you believe her motives are completely concerned only with getting Ted upset?

2. Why do you think Lady Hodmarsh feels the need to defend Amy as a "sacrificial caregiver?" Could Amy have more than one motive to prompt her to be a "sacrificial caregiver"? What reasons might Amy have for devoting her every minute as Ted's caregiver?

3. Amy wants Roy to sanitize Ted's life in the biography he is writing. What do you think are her motives? Are they understandable and justifiable?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in Cakes and Ale. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? What are symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of hypocrisy in Cakes and Ale. Which characters seem hypocritical? Why? Which characters seem sincere? Why Which ones seem not to care about looking good to others? What is the difference between how the two types live?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of psuedo-art. Which characters seem most engaged in producing "psuedo-art?" Which characters seem to produce art for art sake? Is either type of artist better than the other? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Cakes and Ale is perhaps more of a character-driven plot rather than action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

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