Fifth Business 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. Which character was born prematurely?

2. Who is the prettiest girl in the village?

3. When Dunny's mother makes him choose between Mrs. Dempster and her, what is Dunny's choice?

4. How big was the population of Dunstan's home village at the beginning of the story?

5. In the Fall of 1919, what school does Dunstan enter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boy do when he is appointed Minister of Food in the Cabinet?

2. What are the two things that Dunstan gets the Board to agree to instead of naming him Headmaster?

3. Boy gives stock tips to Dunstan that help him increase his wealth, but also cause Dunstan to feel what emotions towards Boy?

4. Why does Dunstan kiss Leola during the celebration of war heroes in the village?

5. Who does the head, during a magic show, say killed Boy Staunton?

6. What does Dunstan think is suspicious about the way Leola died?

7. Why does Padre Blazon suggest that Dunstan put aside his guilt over Mary Dempster?

8. What memory has Boy suppressed from their childhood that shocks Dunstan when he learns Boy doesn't remember it?

9. What are Paul's hopes for the show after Mexico?

10. What is Boy Staunton's association with the Crown Prince?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Fate is discussed as a character. Please pick one of the following characters and use examples from the book to describe how Fate works with, or on, that character.

1. Dunstan

2. Paul

3. Percy/Boy

4. Leona

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the book, what misperceptions did the villagers of Deptford have about Mrs. Dempster that caused them to label her a fool? What ideas and actions did the villagers value that Mrs. Dempster appeared not to value? Why did Mrs. Dempster hold different values?

Essay Topic 3

Deptford is a small village. It has been shown to have both a good and a bad side. Using examples from the book, please explain whether you believe Deptford is a village of good or bad morals based on how the villagers treated people from their village, and from other places.

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