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 is the name of Dunstable's nurse in the hospital?

2. At the beginning of his military service, what emotional ailment did Dunstable suffer from?

3. Dunny's parents were killed by what?

4. Where does the town find Mrs. Dempster after she wanders off at night?

5. Who gives Dunny the name Dunstan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Dunstable relieved to hear the news of his mother's death?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Dunstable carry around a Bible when he is a soldier?

8. What does Reverend Dempster pray about often?

9. Why does Dunny develop the habit of keeping secrets?

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

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

Both the Catholic priest in Deptford and Padre Blazon refer to Mary Dempster as a fool-saint, whereas Dunstan thinks of her as a true saint. Please explain what a fool-saint and a saint are, what the differences are between the two, and whether you agree or disagree with the characterization of Mary Dempster as a fool-saint. Support your answer using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Percy and Dunstan are two characters with a relationship throughout the book. How does their relationship benefit each of them when they are children? When they are in university? When they are adults? What kind of relationship does theirs resemble and why? Are they like competitors, or are they more like siblings? Please support your answer with examples from the book.

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