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 excused from military service during the war?

2. What strikes Bendrix when the bomb hits his apartment building?

3. Why does Bendrix say it was strange to see Henry on the Common that night?

4. What "stranger's influence" does Bendrix think Sarah is under when she breaks off their relationship?

5. What is Bendrix surprised to learn from reading Sarah's diary?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the setting of this chapter.

5. Why is Bendrix desperate for Parkis to leave once he has Sarah's diary?

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

7. How does Henry react when he finds Sarah and Bendrix in the living room after coming home late one evening?

8. What does Bendrix find written inside of one of Sarah's children's books?

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

10. Compare and contrast Henry's study and Sarah's living room

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on his development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Bendrix

2) discuss the impact of this character on Bendrix's life and personality

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Bendrix than others?

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

Essay Topic 3

In The End of the Affair, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select one of the following minor characters to analyze: Parkis, Richard Smythe, Mrs. Bertram or Father Crompton. Discuss:

1) The personality (character traits) of this character

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story

3) The impact of this character on the story line--How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

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