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. Who does the Deptford magistrate believe threw the snowball at Mrs. Dempster?

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

3. Who does Percy hit in the head with a snowball?

4. What book does Dunny read often to Paul in order to have Paul watch him perform tricks?

5. Who cuts Dunstan's hair at the barbershop after his return to the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Reverend Dempster pray about often?

2. Why does Boy choose the Prince of Wales as his role model?

3. Although Dunstan's family is not rich, why do they hold a position of privilege in the town?

4. What does Dunstan, the narrator, tell the Headmaster of the school that he recently retired from, is the point of this book?

5. Why does the narrator recall the date the story begins so clearly?

6. Why do the villagers judge Mrs. Dempster as lacking?

7. Why does Dunstan want to teach boys?

8. What hampers Dunny from learning magic tricks?

9. Why does Dunstan feel he can never love Diana?

10. What is Boy's logic in thinking that he is not cheating on his fiancee, as told to Dunstan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dunstan's father dies when he is young, and it is not clear, from the book, who Dunstan uses as his role model. Who do you think Dunstan uses as a father-figure and a role-model and why? Are these types of relationships even important to Dunstan? Please support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

The book covers the transition of three characters from boys to men: Paul Dempster, Percy Staunton, and Dunstan. Pick one of the characters and, using examples from the book, explain how he grew from a boy to a man and what events/people influenced him along the way.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book, how has Dunstan's personality and character changed throughout the story? When he was a child, how did he deal with his problems? How does he deal with them as an adult? What was important to him as a child, and what is important to him now? Why did Dunstan's character change?

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