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  1. Great Expectations Chapters 40 - 49

  2. Chapter 40 • Abel Magwitch’s name alludes to a biblical character. How is this significant? • Compare Pip’s difficulty disguising Magwitch with his observation about Joe in his Sunday clothes.

  3. Chapter 41 • Why is Pip ambivalent toward Magwitch?

  4. Chapter 42 • Why does Dickens choose to begin the chapter with a note of humor? • What important story is revealed when dealing with Magwitch, Compeyson, and Arthur? • How is Arthur’s hallucination significant now that the revelation about Miss Havisham has been revealved?

  5. Chapter 43 • How does Dickens continue to connect Magwitch and Estella? • How is the scene with Pip and Drummle by the fireplace humorous?

  6. Chapter 44 • How does this chapter serve as the climax of the Pip/Estella plot? • On what will the rest of the novel most likely focus?

  7. Chapter 45 • What important information is revealed about Compeyson and Magwitch?

  8. Chapter 46 • How does Dickens establish the character of Clara’s father without the reader ever meeting him?

  9. Chapter 47 • What can be assumed is part of Pip’s redemption? • What information is revealed because of Wopsle being in London?

  10. Chapter 48 • Loose ends are beginning to come together. What does the reader learn about Molly? • What is foreshadowed about Estella’s future with her husband?

  11. Chapter 49 • How is the fire (that destroys Miss Havisham’s dress) symbolic? • Pip has a “childish association” when he decides to return to Miss Havisham’s room. What had Pip imagined he saw on his first visit to Satis House?