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questions chap 29-35 | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

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Montreal Dickens Fellowship Study Questions: “ The Pickwick Papers”
Westmount Public Library
March 5, 2013 2:30-4:30
Chapters 29-35

  1. What do you think of Dickens’ hard but very funny portrayal of the medical students? Would his opinions hold up today?
  2. Do you feel sorry for Mr. Winkle’s false position as a sportsman?
  3. Comment on Sam and Tony Weller’s relationship. They are both funny and street-wise. Who is wiser?? Give examples.
  4. Dickens was well acquainted with the legal profession. How does he satirize it? Give examples of his descriptions of squalor, callousness, corruption and amorality.
  5. Mrs. Raddle, like Mrs. Bardell is an example of a formidable middle-aged woman who has power but pretends excessive weakness. Discuss.
  6. What do you think of Sam’s Valentine?
  7. Dickens hated sanctimonious puritanism. Comment on his humorous description of the Temperance meeting. How funny is Tony Weller’s concern about the tea drinkers!
  8. Sergeant Buzfuz puts on a good show! Comment on the theatricality of Bardell VS Pickwick.
  9. Why do you think Mr. Pickwick’s court damages were halved?
  10. Dickens’ hysterical satire of high society at Bath must have been loved by the readers of his day. Can you think of parallels in today’s society?