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. Several days after the attack on the farm, what does Ettinger offer David?

2. To what does Mr. Isaac invite David?

3. What is the musical instrument that David takes up and composes music on?

4. Who is it that compliments Lucy by referring to her as a "forward-looking lady?"

5. What kind of car did David have that was stolen on the evening of the attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. The description of Teresa in the last chapter is, "She wants to be rescued--from the pain, from the summer heat, from the Villa Gamba, from her father's bad temper, from everything." This is about David's fictional character, but fiction is based upon what writers know. Does this description hint at David or Lucy's need for respite?

4. In Chapter 16, when David talks with Bev about his fear of Lucy living alone on the farm, he says he was there and knows what Lucy has been through. Bev responds that he was not there for her. How does David react to that claim?

5. Is David disappointed in himself by his agreement to meet Bev at the clinic for a tryst?

6. When David rhetorically asks, "Against this new Petrus, what chance does Lucy stand?" what is his implied answer?

7. What has Lucy's banjo become for David?

8. After Lucy is raped and she and David give their report to the police, David asks her why she omitted the fact that she was raped. What reason does she give her father for this omission?

9. What is one to make of Petrus's lack of reaction to David's accusation that one of the men at his party is the assailant?

10. How is David's remark "If she [Bev] is poor, he is bankrupt," that concludes this chapter revealing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the parent and child role in Lucy and David's relationship in Chapter 9 & 10. Explore who is taking on the nurturing and care-taking responsibilities and who is being coddled and disciplined. Also explore what role the countryside setting plays in this role-reversed relationship.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 11, review David's insistence that "scapegoating" does not accurately describe the actions taken against him. Why does he feel this is incorrect? How does he correct Lucy as to his actions involving Melanie?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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