The End of the Affair Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What aspect of his novel, 'The Ambitious Host', does Henry say Bendrix "got all wrong"?

2. Why does Father Crompton say any prayer is better than none?

3. Why does Sarah agree to continue to visit Richard Smythe?

4. Where does Waterbury tell Sylvia she is to meet him?

5. What does Henry give Sarah as a "peace present"?

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

One of the themes The End of the Affair explores is transformation or metamorphosis. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. 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 the morality (or immorality) of adultery. 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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