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 Sarah react to Bendrix as a writer?

2. What project is Henry working on the night Bendrix and Sarah begin their affair?

3. Who does Bendrix believe Mr. Smythe to be?

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

5. Who does Bendrix see Sarah kissing when he and Henry return from their walk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize Parkis' letter to Bendrix

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

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

4. What is Father Crompton's opinion of Sarah?

5. What exchange do Parkis and Henry have after Sarah's death?

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

7. What argument against Christianity does Smythe while speaking on the Commons?

8. How does Father Crompton act towards Bendrix?

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

10. What does Bendrix tell Father Crompton he hates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bendrix and Sarah's memories of events from their affair are often different. Select two of the scenes that both describe and compare and contrast them. How are they different depending on the narrator? How are they the same? What does this say about a person's memory (especially of an emotionally charged situation)?

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

Essay Topic 2

Henry and Bendrix's relationship at the end of the novel can be seen as a kind of modern marriage. 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

Bendrix begins the novel by telling his audience it is a "record of hate." Write an essay:

1) arguing whether or not this statement is true

2) demonstrating the ways that the narrator proves (or disproves) his claim.

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

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