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You will find the chapters here as we go along. I'll be adding them regularly.
First, you have room for the vocabulary side of the book on this page, then each chapter has a link to its own page with other, content-based, questions. I hope you enjoy answering them!

Lucky Jim chapter 1

Add any expressions or words that you find new, funny, interesting, etc here:
"a hyphenated indecency": I couldn't find out what the expression means. It means nothing good! Jim implies that what he has written is rubbish, and one short indecent (swear-) word would describe it. I assume he is thinking of something stronger than 'rubbish'!
"to throw something into the pool": Does it mean to contribute to sth? Working on a subject? It means to add to the resources already available - to pool means to gather resources (also human resources)




Lucky Jim chapter 2
Write down new words or phrases in the context you found them and explain what they mean. You can also write another sentence using this word and try to make different forms of the word.
"that sounded innocuous" Can you say that sounded harmless? yes
"a really efficient worming from the sense of responsibility": Insinuating in someone's sense of responsibility? getting away from (worming oneself out of something)
"the call of pity": having the desire for feelings of sympathy or compassion The 'call of pity' does not imply desire for the feeling, but more of it being brudened onto you



Lucky Jim chapter 3
Find some nouns in this chapter and turn them into adjectives here. Put them into a sentence with the same meaning as the original sentence.
"That's a comfort, eh?" That's comfortable, eh? Check the meaning here. The correct word form would be 'That's comforting.'
"...the medieval papers were a soft option in the Leicester course.." ..the medieval papers were softly optional in the Leicester course... This one is a difficult one to transform, especially because you have an adjective and a noun. If you were to reword it, it might sound something like this: 'They were an easier possibility' (of course, I haven't done what the task requires, but this would require major changes to the sentence.)
"His centre-parted black hair and rectangular moustache gave him an air of archaic ferocity. His centre-parted black hair and rectangular moustache gave him an air like being archaically ferocious. (Can you say that?) Close, but not quite. '.. gave him a ferocious air.'

Lucky Jim chapter 4
Find some adjectives in this chapter and turn them into nouns here. Put theminto a sentence with the same meaning as the original sentence.
"But it's very pleasant to come down here and to know that the torch of culture is still in a state of combustion..." But it has been a pleasure to come down here and to know that the torch is still in a state of combustion. great!
"It was true that he had only three pounds left in his tin box." The truth was that he had only three pounds left in his tin box. great!



Lucky Jim chapter 5
Find some expressions that you think may be used sometimes (not just for the sake of the book)
What on earth are you doing? "I say, don't you think you ought to be going? On the other hand - Dixon battled for clear... ....if she hadn't seemed so keen
In fact a great deal. All his attention would be needed for the operation fo getting up to his bedroom
quite right! They are all useful expressions.


Lucky Jim chapter 6
Find interesting vocabulary and try to put it into a sentence.


Lucky Jim chapter 7


Lucky Jim chapter 8
page 86: Why had Dixon never been able to tell Welch what he wanted to? And the same with Margret: Why was he dishonest with her?
Lucky Jim chapter 9

Lucky Jim chapter 10

Lucky Jim chapter 11

Lucky Jim chapter 12
page 121: Why does Carol at the beginning want to prevent Dixon from being in love with Christine, as she herself is the mistress of Bertrand somehow?
But then on page 125: Why does she give Dixon the advice to get Christine away from Bertrand?
Lucky Jim chapter 13

Half-way through the book contemplations: What do you think about the book so far? Are you enjoying it? Is it funny or serious? Can you relate to any of the characters? Do you think you know the end of the book?

I'm currently reading chapter 18, and I'm absolutely not able to say where the story is leading to. But it isn't necessary to know that at all, because the main entertaining of the story is to follow Jim through his daily occurrences, and to be amused. It's a perfectly funny book. Even though Jim actually could be a real existing character, or better could have been, because the whole thing occurs about 55 years ago, he is a accumulation of weird, of comical attitudes. The story is just funny, nowhere close to a serious novel, up to now, because I haven't finished it yet. And frankly said, I haven't any clue how the end will be like.
Of course, I can't relate to Jim at all, he is utterly different to me: he is younger and lives 55 years earlier than I do, and he smokes pipes sometimes. So, I would have to tell lies, if I admitted I do such things. So far my point of view, greets Sancho.

oh, oh, oh...
having read now through the chapter 18 and further up to 20-whatever I must admit that I'm rather confused by the change of Jim's behavior. He, for the very first time, speaks sincerely. First to Mrs Welch at their home, obviously forced by her and the fact he wasn't prepared enough to that situation, but then to Christine too, in the second part of the tea room chat, as I estimate it to be. And finally to Bertrand as well, when he met at Jim's place, before the row became a fight between them. And he really seems to gain more serious ambition to his one life than I've ever felt before. An ambition without playing games to reach the goals. Probably the competitive situation with Bertrand gave him a push to take finally responsibility of the going-on-of-his-life. But probably the story will turn again and everything turns out to be one of Jim's often played fakes, even though I don't believe that this time (at the moment). I furthermore have to reject my distinct statement that the book shan't be novel-like at all. Now it turns out to be one. What a gripping novel! I hated the first 35 page, but now I love it. Or in new-English, I'm lovin' it. sancho

Your questions (and answers) for the second half of the book.
Add them here, making mention of the chapter if it is related to a certain chapter, or pertaining to the whole book or part of it.
Interesting questions are those about character or motivation for doing something, eg. what in the world was Jim thinking when he 'stole' the professor's taxi???
Chapter 18, page 185: Does Margret know now that Dixon is really in love with Christine and not with her and that he is using an excuse again?
Chapter 22, page 225 : 227:
Why did Dixon give such a strange speech, because he was drunk or because he wanted to demonstrate how "un-Merrie England" was?



For those who have finished, I have a challenge for you:
Describe the book in a nutshell - put it into exactly 50 words. Then draw it out into 100 words.
By doing this you will have to think intensely about language and how to get the most milage out of what you say. It is very effectful for practicing participle (reduced) clauses as well. Put it here and compare what the others have written. Don't worry, I'll correct!