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. As proceedings are introduced against David, what kind of "irregularities" does Elaine Winter introduce against David?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 3, when David calls Melanie, what kind of date does her ask her for?

3. Who is Ettinger who appears at the beginning of Chapter 12?

4. How is David able to locate Soraya after she apparently discontinues their relationship?

5. Who is Farodia Rassool?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Melanie's boyfriend is in the class, the other students are even quieter than they usually are. How might one interpret this silence?

2. When David goes to visit Lucy, what is his observation of Lucy's country life?

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

4. What do David's literary references in Chapter 1 suggest about him?

5. What is David's reaction to Lucy's determination to go back to her farm?

6. At the end of Chapter 2, David suggests Melanie stay and quotes poetry. What is it that makes Melanie's demeanor change at this moment?

7. Although David ultimately agrees to volunteer to work for Bev Shaw, what is his first reason for not wanting to work as a volunteer?

8. In Chapter 12, why is David amazed that Bill Shaw comes to the hospital to pick him up after his burns are treated?

9. What does David's lecture on Wordsworth reveal about him? What is the ironic about the content of his lecture?

10. How do you interpret Melanie's lukewarm acceptance of David Lurie into her flat and into her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, David lectures on Byron's poem, Lara. Using the excerpts in the chapter, or the entire text, discuss the themes of this poem and connect them to what are probable themes in David's life before or now.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 10. What are the fundamental differences between the two people, Bev Shaw and David, who attempt to nurture Lucy? Based upon this differences, why might Lucy be more willing to accept nurturing from one of them rather than the other?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 19. David comments that before this, he thought that after a certain age, it wasn't possible to learn lessons. How is this decision at odds with David's comments at his hearing regarding his involvement with Melanie?

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