Disgrace Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Rosalind?

2. While one charge against David has to do with misconduct involving Melanie, what does the other charge have to do with?

3. On the night after David's day at the clinic, what is the noise that keeps him awake?

4. When Lucy and David go on their spring morning walk, what 3 things does she marvel at?

5. What does Melanie say she hates to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about Soraya's character does David find appealing?

2. In what way might Lucy's concern for flowers and animals be representative of an archetypal figure in literature?

3. When David is lecturing in Chapter 3, the thoughts he imagines his students having are in italics: "What is he talking about? What does this old man know about love?" What does this awareness reveal about him?

4. When David first learns of the charge of harassment, what is his estimation of Melanie's active part in the charge?

5. When Melanie is with David in his daughter's room, why might Melanie have such an interest in David's previous sexual conquests?

6. Of what significance is it that Soraya wiped off her makeup so readily when David asked her to?

7. What does Bev's acceptance of David, even after he tells her of his forced resignation, suggest about her?

8. When Melanie's father calls David, how does David respond to Melanie's father's request for help?

9. When Lucy asks why David isn't trying to justify his actions at the university, what reason does he offer?

10. Interpret the last sentence of the chapter, "A shadow of envy passes over him for the husband he has never seen."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 16. David cares very much for his daughter, yet repeatedly feels that he ineffective in his goal to help make her life easier. Is he actually ineffective in her eyes or does he just imagine that Lucy sees him this way?

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 23. David's life has always included literature. His references to literature are casual and throughout his narrative. They are his way of defining episodes in his life. Why, then, might he have chosen to write an opera instead of a novel? What might this musical form offer him that literature would not?

Essay Topic 3

Review David and Lucy's relationship in Chapters 7, 8, and 9. How might their relationship be representative of a generational gap? Is Lucy's stand and concerns in any way a reaction to her parents' lives or is her simplistic life one she freely chose?

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