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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Philip and Anne-Marie plan a trip together?

2. What does the narrator spend most of his time doing these days?

3. What do Philip and the narrator do extensively during Philip's time in Autun?

4. What does the narrator wish he had the courage to do?

5. Who is the only friend of Billy's that Cristina says she likes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philip do that lets the reader know that his relationship with Anne-Marie is entering its final stages?

2. How does Anne-Marie intuitively feel about her relationship with Philip?

3. Describe how Philip and Anne-Marie's relationship begins to alter and what the basis for the transition is.

4. What information does the narrator find in Philip's diaries?

5. What part does arrogance play in the narrator's solitary lifestyle?

6. Describe the scene when Philip goes to Anne-Marie's parents' home for dinner.

7. How can the narrator be characterized as observant?

8. What is Cristina's view on photography and objectivity?

9. What are the narrator's secret thoughts about Anne-Marie in Chapter 17?

10. Describe the two extremes of feelings that Philip has regarding Anne-Marie.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of the narrator. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

Salter is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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