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questions chap 22-28 | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

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Montreal Dickens Fellowship Study Questions: “ The Pickwick Papers”
Westmount Public Library
January 8, 2012 2:30- 4:30
Chapters 22-28


  1. Mr. Pickwick’s embarrassing encounter with the lady in the yellow curl papers represents the epitome of Victorian delicacy. This may be the closest Dickens gets to writing about sex! Comment.
  2. Compare and contrast Sam Weller and Job Trotter as servants.
  3. In portraying the Ipswich magistrate as self-important, incompetent and gullible, Dickens endears himself to his readers. Discuss.
  4. Dickens’ bad guys always get punished. Describe how you feel about Jingle and Job Trotter’s punishment. Were you satisfied?
  5. Do you think Sam could have or should have tried to persuade Mrs. Bardell about the folly of her lawsuit by pleading Mr. Pickwick’s case?
  6. Comment on Dickens’ attitude toward religion and foreign aid in light of his obvious disdain for Stiggins and the “Good Shepherd”.
  7. Christmas at Dingly Dell is an iconic description of the pre-Victorian Christmas. How does it compare and contrast to Christmas festivities today?
  8. Mr. Pickwick and Gabriel Grub seem to be total opposites yet both grow and gain wisdom through their experiences. Compare and contrast these two character.