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. What does Dunstan do when he visits his parents' now empty house?

2. What subject does Percy study in college?

3. What is Dunstan's quest in Europe?

4. Dunstan recognizes Joel Surgeoner as the tramp/vagrant who did what?

5. What does the Catholic priest say to Dunstan's comment that Mrs. Dempster is a saint?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Reverend Dempster pray about often?

3. While in Europe searching for the statue he saw on the battlefield, what does Dunstan find that becomes a life-long study?

4. Boy wants Dunstan to drop his fixation with saints, but Dunstan feels differently about his path in life. Why?

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

6. What hampers Dunny from learning magic tricks?

7. Why is Dunstan unwilling to marry any woman?

8. When he is presented the V.C. award by the King, what does Dunstable think about heroes?

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

10. Why do the Dempster's always take their stroll around town during the dinner hour?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is the hero of this story, or is there no hero to the story? What characteristics does that character possess that makes them a hero, or what characteristics are lacking in the characters that make none of them a hero? Please support your answer with evidence from the text.

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

Padre Blazon asks Dunstan who his devil is when Dunstan goes and visits him for the last time in Europe. How does Padre Blazon define a "devil," and, using that definition, is Liel really Dunstan's devil, or is it someone else? Why? Please explain your answer with examples from the text.

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