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 the power of love. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

There are several characters who influence the person that the narrator becomes. Select the two characters who you believe have the greatest impact on his development and:

1) describe each character's actions or beliefs as they relate to Bendrix

2) discuss the impact of this character on Bendrix's life and personality

3) discuss why you selected each particular character. What about each character made him/her more of an influence on Bendrix than others?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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