Laughter in the Dark Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did it take the travelling party to reach Rouginard from Germany?

2. What could Albert hear from outside the hospital window?

3. How did Margot feel at the sight of Albert grieving for Irma?

4. Which politician's name does Udo not recognize when Albert mentions him?

5. While sick, how does Margot amuse herself in Chapter 20?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Margot feel about her film debut?

2. Why does Udo greet Albert with a bit of touchiness when they run into each other for a second time?

3. What does Albert come to realize as he lies alone in his hospital bed in Chapter 33?

4. After running into Margot in the street, what does Kaspar think to himself about her?

5. What happens when Margot allows Axel to kiss her in Chapter 19?

6. What does Chapter 31 begin with an explanation and description of?

7. What suggestion does Axel make to Albert in Chapter 25?

8. What lie does Albert tell Margot at the end of Chapter 24?

9. What does the retired French colonel tell Albert which makes him suspicious?

10. What does Albert resemble when he gets out of the car at the chalet in Chapter 35?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author of the novel "Laughter in the Dark." What are some of his other works? What are some parallels between "Laughter in the Dark" and his other work? Are there any elements in "Laughter in the Dark" which Nabokov borrows from his own experiences?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between Albert and Elisabeth. How does Albert describe his relationship with Elisabeth? Are they happily married? What does Albert do to end their relationship? How does Elisabeth react? How does this event change both of their lives?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the protagonist of the novel, Albert Albinus. What character traits define him? What issues or struggles does he face in the novel? Is he a tragic hero? Why or why not?

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