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. Why does Sarah go walking on the Common?

2. Why does Father Compton believe Sarah should have a Catholic burial?

3. For what reason does Bendrix discover that Sarah was given a collection of poetry in grade school?

4. What does Sarah buy that embarrasses her?

5. What happens to Sarah while she is sitting in the church with Bendrix?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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