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 arrives at Henry's home while he and Bendrix are dining with Father Crompton?

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

3. How does Bendrix characterize information that Sarah was baptized a Catholic?

4. How does Henry's secretary refer to him?

5. What reason does Smythe give Bendrix for no longer speaking on the Common?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Flashbacks are important to the development of the novel. Select two major flashback scenes and discuss:

1) what happens in the flashback

2) how the story is influenced by the presence of this flashback

3) the significance of the flashback in the story

4) why Bendrix chooses to remember this scene.

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

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.

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