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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose finger sinks into the wet bank in Part III, The Fire Sermon?
(a) A blossom’s
(b) A rock’s
(c) A leaf’s
(d) An orphan’s

2. Where are bones of the bodies littered on the ground cast in Part III, The Fire Sermon?
(a) The foxes hole
(b) The garret
(c) The bin
(d) The water

3. What does Richmond promise the narrator in Part III, The Fire Sermon?
(a) A world of riches
(b) An adventure
(c) A new start
(d) A way out

4. How does Tiresias know the typist does not love the merchant?
(a) All things listed here
(b) She is not satisfied with his love making
(c) She is grateful to see him leave
(d) She is unresponsive to his advances

5. What is Phlebas able to forget when he dies in Part IV, Death by Water?
(a) His lover
(b) His profits and losses
(c) His sins
(d) The war

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mr. Eugenides have in his pocket?

2. How does the Thames run at the beginning of Part III, The Fire Sermon?

3. How many times is the word, ‘Twit’ repeated in succession in Part III, The Fire Sermon?

4. What will bring Sweeney to Mrs. Porter in Part III, The Fire Sermon?

5. What color is the land as the wind crosses it in Part III, The Fire Sermon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Tiresias described in The Fire Sermon?

2. How does The Fire Sermon end, and what does it mean?

3. Who is Mr. Eugenides in The Fire Sermon?

4. In The Fire Sermon, what does the typist do when she comes home?

5. In The Fire Sermon, what does Richmond, promise and how does the narrator respond to this?

6. What does the river mentioned at the beginning of The Fire Sermon symbolize?

7. Why are Elizabeth and Leicester mentioned in The Fire Sermon, what?

8. What do the words, “jug, jug, jug” refer to in The Fire Sermon?

9. In The Fire Sermon, what does the typist do when her lover leaves?

10. What is the significance of the title Death by Water?

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