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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. In Chapter 2, whom does Bertie describe as a plague spot?

2. What is the name of Bertie's previous valet?

3. How much water does Bertie wring out of his wet clothing?

4. What is the blow in Chapter 4?

5. What does Bertie feel like when submerged in the pond?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Sermon Handicap favorite?

2. What does Jeeves serve Sir Roderick for lunch, and why?

3. Where had Bertie and Jeeves met the father and son team of the Blumenfelds previously?

4. What does Aunt Agatha send Bertie off to East Dulwich to do after hearing that her brother wants to marry a waitress?

5. Why does Tuppy Glossop not hear Bertie singing "Sonny Boy"?

6. What actually happens when Bertie's great romantic scenario with Bingo and Honoria takes place?

7. Who is Meadowes?

8. Why is Bertie unable to say no to these brainy, pushy young women?

9. What is the disguise that Bingo Little has worked up for himself so that he can pretend to be a Bolshevist?

10. In Chapter 6, why is Jeeves upset that Bertie wants to go to Skeldings for Christmas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Farce must have a fast and intricate plot. Chose one of the stories in the book, and plot the twists and turns of the story. Show how Wodehouse constructed the plot to move faster and faster. Show how the obstacles are thrown in and what surprising turns the plot takes.

Essay Topic 2

Through out these stories, there is an element of great self-interest on the part of everyone, from Bertie to Jeeves, to the Bolshevist, to Claude and Eustace. Comedy often plays on the flaws and undisguised desires of its characters. Chose several examples of bold self-interest, and show how Wodehouse finds comedy in that.

Essay Topic 3

Inherent in P.G. Wodehouse's work is the class system that existed in England (and still exists to some extent). The humor of Bertie and Jeeves is partly based on the absurdity of class. Bertie is clearly the lesser man, yet, in the English system, he has power over a man like Jeeves.

Describe the class system by using examples from the book. Where does the humor lie in the relationship between employer and servant? Why does it make us laugh when Jeeves is clearly the greater mind and man?

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