The End of the Affair Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Henry react when Bendrix tells him he contacted Savage?

2. What does Bendrix think has happened when he and Sarah first hear the air-raid sirens?

3. Who was responsible for writing the report Parkis gives to Bendrix?

4. According to Sarah's maid, why doesn't Sarah contact Bendrix after the night when the V1 hits his apartment building?

5. Why is Bendrix unable to return Sarah's phone call?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sylvia indicate her attraction to Bendrix?

2. How does the author foreshadow Sarah's death in this chapter?

3. What ironic fact does Sarah's mother reveal to Bendrix as they having dinner? Why is this ironic?

4. Why does Bendrix fear Henry will discover his affair with Sarah when the two make love in her living room?

5. What does Sarah not realize about Henry's crying?

6. What role does Parkis' son play in his investigation?

7. Who does Bendrix notice attended Sarah's funeral?

8. Why does Smythe end up calling Bendrix after seeing him?

9. Why doesn't Sarah want to give up drinking as she gave up Bendrix?

10. What promise does Sarah make to God if He will return Bendrix to life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marriage plays an interesting role in this novel. Write an essay:

1) describing the ways marriage is portrayed in the novel

2) examining the significance of marriage in the plot and character development

3) arguing what you believe the author is trying to say about marriage through the novel.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Select the most sympathetic and least sympathetic characters in the novel. Write an essay:

1) describing why you think each is sympathetic/not sympathetic

2) defend your position using details from the novel

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes The End of the Affair explores is trust. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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