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 does Smythe actually believe cured his skin condition?

2. What does Bendrix notice in the margins of Sarah's copy of 'Last Expedition'?

3. What does Father Crompton promise to do for Sarah?

4. Why does Bendrix break his date with Sylvia?

5. What topic does Waterbury want Bendrix's opinion on for his article?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The End of the Affair is a primarily first person narrative written from the point of view of Bendrix. Discuss how this fact influences the story? What biases does Bendrix bring to the story? How would the novel be different if another character was telling the story? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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