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

2. During his college years, Percy Staunton renamed himself what?

3. What is the name of Dunstable's nurse in the hospital?

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

5. Which church does Dunstan visit on his way out of town after his parents' funeral?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dunstan gain his nest egg?

2. What words from Mrs. Dempster come back to Dunstable when he is lying wounded in the church?

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

4. What does Dunstable do when he finds the German snipers?

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

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

7. Why do the villagers decide that Mrs. Dempster is "simple?"

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

9. What does Reverend Dempster pray about often?

10. What traits does Dunstable observe in the members of his units that are attributed to German officers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the book is "Fifth Business." What do you think this title is meant to describe? Where in the book is the title mentioned, and why would it be mentioned there? Please support your answer with examples and ideas from the book.

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

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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