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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. What kind of relationship do Clive and Vernon have initially?

2. Why is Julian disliked by other characters?

3. What type of euthanasia laws are there in the Netherlands?

4. Which character is the focus of Chapter Two?

5. What does Vernon hope that publishing the photos does?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are George, Clive, Vernon, and Julian connected?

2. Paired with another symbol from the novel, the article about euthanasia foreshadows a future event. What is this event, and what is the other symbol?

3. What is ironic about Julian's career potentially being ruined by the photos being published in The Judge?

4. How does George get the photos?

5. Describe Clive's character.

6. Why does Molly's funeral inspire Clive?

7. Why is Molly's death humiliating in Clive's eyes?

8. How does the theme of revenge tie into the plot in Chapter Two?

9. Describe George's character.

10. Does George have ulterior motives in giving Vernon the photos to publish of Julian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What character is the focal point of each chapter? What do you think Ian McEwan hopes to accomplish in focusing on characters on a chapter-by-chapter basis? What kind of effect does this have on the reader?

Essay Topic 2

How does Ian McEwan use flashbacks in Amsterdam? Are they effective in moving the story along or do they hinder its development? Why are the flashbacks important to the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The first chapter introduces all the major characters in the novel. What are your first impressions of George, Vernon, Clive, and Julian? Are these impressions correct as you read more of the novel? Is the first chapter effective in introducing the characters accurately? Are the characters in the novel generally likable or unlikable? Cite at least three examples.

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