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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. In what type of neighborhood do the Driffields reside?
2. How does Isabel respond to Ted's marriage?
3. What does William know that Roy and Amy do not?
4. What does William do in the evenings while living at Vincent Square?
5. What does Mrs. Hudson laugh at?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Rosie's home and Rose herself.
2. Describe Ted's response to the fact that Rosie leaves him.
3. What does William discover about Ted and his parties and how is this demonstrated by Isabel Trafford?
4. How does Ted meet and marry his second wife and what is Isabel Trafford's reaction?
5. Describe Amy Driffield.
6. What novel does Ted publish which is a ruthlessly unsentimental tale dealing with a child's death, and what is the public's response to the novel?
7. What is Rosie's response to William's sulkiness about Kuyper and other men?
8. What does William think about the House of Lords and how he would assign rank within literature?
9. Describe the motel in which William takes a room when he comes to share memories about Ted with Roy and Amy .
10. Describe the scene where William is talking to Hillier about painting Rosie.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though Somerset Maugham denies it, many literary critics and readers think there is a clear resemblance of Ted Driffield to the real-life Thomas Hardy and Roy Kear to Hugh Walpole. Some even say that the narrator, William Ashenden represents Somerset Maugham. Discuss the following:
1. Research the French phrase roman à clef or roman à clé and discuss how that term is applicable to Cakes and Ale.
2. Research the author Thomas Hardy and compare his life to that of Ted Driffield. How are the similar? How are they different? Are the similarities enough to warrant the belief that Roy Kear represents Walpole?
Does Hardy seem to have a Rosie, Amy, or Isabel in his life? What details about Hardy's life that you uncover seem to be the same as what is written about Driffield?
3. Research the author Hugh Walpole and compare his life to that of Roy Kear. How are the similar? How are they different? In what ways to their personalities seem similar? Are the similarities enough to warrant the belief that Roy Kear represents Walpole?
4. Research the author Somerset Maugham and compare his life to that of William Ashenden. How are they similar? How are they different? In what ways to their personalities seem similar? Are the similarities enough to warrant the belief that William Ashenden represents Maugham?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 10, over dinner, the Vicar announces that the Driffields have bolted to London, abandoning their debts. Discuss the following:
1. How do Mary-Ann and Rosie's view of abandoning their debt coincide? Do you agree with their point of view? See chapter 13 for Rosie's point of view about the debt.
2. What do you think it says about the Driffields that they flee debts accrued? Do you think the fact that the debts are in a small town by small merchants changes the morality of it? Why or why not?
3. By the time Ted has been married to Amy for a while, William notes that Amy has reformed him from being a Bohemian. What is a Bohemian? Are Bohemians less reputable than a "normal" person? Would a Bohemian be more likely to abandon his/her debt? Explain your answers.
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 4, when William is thinking back to the one time he meets Amy he remembers Amy is anxious that William not stir up painful old memories in the frail old man. On the ride back, Hodmarsh defends Amy as a sacrificial caregiver. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the motives behind Amy not wanting to stir up memories in Ted? Do you believe her motives are completely concerned only with getting Ted upset?
2. Why do you think Lady Hodmarsh feels the need to defend Amy as a "sacrificial caregiver?" Could Amy have more than one motive to prompt her to be a "sacrificial caregiver"? What reasons might Amy have for devoting her every minute as Ted's caregiver?
3. Amy wants Roy to sanitize Ted's life in the biography he is writing. What do you think are her motives? Are they understandable and justifiable?
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