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. The Ramsay family moved to the village from what country?

2. What skills does Mrs. Dempster lack because she grew up with servants?

3. What does Percy's mother call him?

4. According to legend, what did St. Dunstan do to the devil?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the beginning of the story, what happens when the narrator leaves Percy to go home for dinner?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Diana give Dunstable the name Dunstan?

8. Why is Dunstan unwilling to marry any woman?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Dunstan kept the stone that was in the snowball Percy threw when they were boys. Why did Dunstan keep the stone? Please discuss the themes of consciousness, remembrance, and learning from the past in relation to the loaded snowball event.

Essay Topic 3

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

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