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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. With whom does William go to school?

2. Who sees William off when he is leaving for fall term?

3. What does William suggest to Roy as he arrives?

4. To what of Shakespeare's aspects are Ted compared?

5. About what part of Ashenden's life does he reminisce?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does William link Ted's advancing age with his success?

2. What does William offer out of his memories of Ted and how does Roy respond?

3. What does Ashenden think about Roy as a person?

4. What are Roy and William doing and what topic does Roy bring up?

5. What does William think about on his way home from the lunch with Kear?

6. What does William think about Ted's depiction of the high-born and others comparing Ted s to Shakespeare?

7. Who comes to see William off to the new school term and how does William act?

8. What does Roy say about Amy as a wife and helpmate to Ted?

9. Why does Roy want William's assistance in writing Ted's biograph and what is Roy's purpose in doing so?

10. How does William act for a while around the Driffields after seeing Rosie with Kemp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ted Driffield is married twice and has one other woman figure prominently in his life. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast Rosie Driffield with Amy Driffield. Who seems more real, sincere, or honest? Which of them do you think was more helpful to Ted's artistic endeavors? Why? Do you think Rosie could have done for Ted what Amy does for Ted? What about Amy doing for Ted what Rosie does for him? Explain fully.

2. Compare and contrast Rosie Driffield with Isabel Trafford. Who seems more real, sincere, or honest? Which of them do you think was more helpful to Ted's artistic endeavors? Why? Do you think Rosie could have done for Ted what Isabel does for him? What do you think about Isabel doing for Ted what Rosie does for him? Explain fully.

3. Compare and contrast Amy Driffield with Isabel Trafford. Who seems more real, sincere, or honest? Which of them do you think was more helpful to Ted's artistic endeavors? Why? Do you think Amy could have done for Ted what Isabel does for Ted? What about Isabel doing for Ted what Amy does for him? Explain fully.

Essay Topic 2

Three of the prominent characters are writers. They are Ted Driffield, William Ashshenden and Roy Kear. Each one feels differently about his art. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast Ted as an artist to William as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Or are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse"? Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

2. Compare and contrast Ted as an artist to Roy as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse?" Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

3. Compare and contrast William as an artist to Roy as an artist. How are they alike? Different? Who seems to be more of a "true" artist? Who seems most sincere in his artistic pursuit? Or are both equally sincere? What do each use as his "muse?" Do you think both would pursue writing regardless of the public's reception? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. The phrase "Cakes and Ale" appears in both Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Aesop's Fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Research these two references and discuss the connection they may have to Maugham's book.

3. If you were the writer of Cake and Ale and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

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