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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

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Part 2, Chapters 22 and 23 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. How does Herbert feel about Estella?

2. What name does Herbert give to Pip?

3. Why is Pip named Handel?

4. What is one of the first lessons Herbert teaches Pip?

5. What relation is Estella to Miss Havisham?

6. Does Miss Havisham have any brothers or sisters?

7. Who did Mr. Havisham leave his vast fortune to after his death?

8. What two men conspired to swindle Miss Havisham out of her money?

9. Which character is obsessed with peerage, titles, and nobility?

10. Who are the other two students living at Matthew Pocket’s home?

1. Herbert thinks she is a “Tartar,” trained to break the hearts of young men.

2. Herbert gives Pip the name of Handel.

3. Pip is named Handel after a piece of music called “The Harmonious Blacksmith” written by Handel.

4. Herbert instructs Pip on his table manners—not putting his knife into his mouth and using his spoon underhanded.

5. Estella is adopted and therefore no direct relation to Miss Havisham.

6. Miss Havisham only has a half brother.

7. Mr. Havisham left the majority of his wealth to Miss Havisham, but he also left some to his son, Miss Havisham’s half brother.

8. Miss Havisham’s half brother and her fiancee conspired to swindle her out of her money.

9. Mrs. Belinda Pocket is obsessed with peerage, titles, and nobility.

10. Startop and Bentley Drummle are the other students at Mr. Pocket’s home.

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