Disgrace Test | Final 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 calls David to say that his car has been found?

2. As Chapter 15 begins, for what event is Petrus preparing?

3. Who is Desiree?

4. Who it that insists to David that Petrus is a good man?

5. What has David told Rosalind is a hobby, but in fact is something that "consumes" him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is it appropriate that David is awakened by a spitball when he is in the theater?

2. What is one aspect of Lucy's argument to keep the child that is actually aligned with her early Mother Earth persona?

3. Compare or contrast David's explanation of his punishment to Lucy's stance on staying on the farm.

4. Do Petrus's responses to David's rage about the assault seem truly suspicious or might the reader be judging them through David's lens?

5. When David read the article in The Herald that reports the story of the assailants and what happened at Lucy's farm, how is his reaction in keeping with his character?

6. How might Lucy's and David's switching of bedrooms be construed as symbolic of some other switch between them?

7. David mentions that he has "never been given to lingering involvements" as he tries to figure out what is driving him to go see Melanie's play. What then motivates him to go?

8. What does David's description of Desiree suggest?

9. What might one make of David missing the ducks and the dogs?

10. When David brings in his dog to Bev, the description is, "Bearing him in his arms like a lamb. . ." What does this image evoke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of Chapter 5, David reads a report of his indiscretion in the local paper. When the piece mentions that David has written a book on the "nature poet, William Wordsworth," David goes off on a tangent and imagines a sort of epitaph that includes, "David Lurie (1945-?), commentator upon, and disgraced disciple of, William Wordsworth. Blest be the infant babe. No outcast he." What can you infer about David's opinion of himself from this self description? What might this descriptor reveal about David's course of action in this ordeal?

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 24. How can David's bringing his dog to Bev be symbolic of his growth or transformation in this novel?

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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