The End of the Affair Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why does Parkis visit the Reading Room?

2. Why does Sarah not want to leave her home the night Bendrix calls?

3. Why does Bendrix break his date with Sylvia?

4. Why is Waterbury surprised when Sylvia offers to escort Bendrix to Sarah's funeral?

5. What prevents Sarah from kissing Bendrix after their lunch at Rules?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes The End of the Affair explores is faith (in God and other human beings). Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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