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

2. Who travels with Bendrix to the funeral?

3. Why does Sarah go out walking in the rain?

4. Who does Sarah kiss while touring the shelters at Bigwell-on-Sea?

5. Why does Sarah decide to visit Richard Smythe?

Essay 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

Sarah's journal offers unique insight into a character (Sarah) other than the narrator (Bendrix). Discuss how the author's decision to include another narrator influences the story. How is the story different because of Sarah's journal? What is the significance of the fact that Sarah did not intend for Bendrix to read her journal? How would the novel be different if Sarah told the entire story? Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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