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. What does Bendrix tell Miss Smythe his name is?

2. What does Bendrix see in the newspaper that sparks his desire for Sarah?

3. Where does Parkis say in his report that he followed Sarah to?

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

5. Which of the following is NOT a reason Bendrix gives Henry for Sarah's willingness to stay in a loveless marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mr. Savage

2. What does Sarah realize when she prays to God to save Bendrix?

3. How does Sylvia indicate her attraction to Bendrix?

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

5. Why doesn't Sarah leave Henry as she planned?

6. What is ironic about Parkis' son's name?

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

8. Summarize Parkis' letter to Bendrix

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

10. What does Richard Smythe take from Sarah's death bed? How does Bendrix react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bendrix's character has been described as selfish and paranoid. 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 2

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 3

Sarah's journal offers unique insight into a character (Sarah) other than the narrator (Bendrix). Discuss how the author's decision to include another narrator influences the story. How is the story different because of Sarah's journal? What is the significance of the fact that Sarah did not intend for Bendrix to read her journal? How would the novel be different if Sarah told the entire story? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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