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. Why is Bendrix focused on his newspaper when Sarah arrives at lunch?

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

3. Where does Bendrix take Sarah on their first "date"?

4. What event does Bendrix first look for in Sarah's diary?

5. Where does Parkis say Sarah went after having lunch with Bendrix?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Richard Smythe's appearance?

2. What is the significance of the man spilling his beer in Rules restaurant?

3. How does Richard Smythe "explain away love"?

4. What alerts Bendrix and Sarah that the air attack on London is "something new"?

5. Why does Bendrix begin to doubt that his story is one of hatred in this chapter?

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

7. Why does Bendrix become suspicious when Sarah uses the word "always" when describing the squeaking stair in her home?

8. What does Waterbury see as the significance of Bendrix going to a funeral at Golders Green?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The inscription at the beginning of the novel is a quote by Leon Bloy which reads "Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering in order that they may have existence."

Discuss the significance of this quote in reference to the novel. How does it fit (or not fit) the novel? Why do you think Graham Greene chose this quote?

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

Essay Topic 2

Sarah's character has been described as a modern day saint. Write an essay:

1) agreeing or disagreeing with this characterization

2) proving your position through details from the novel.

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

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes The End of the Affair explores is faith (in God and other human beings). 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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