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 does Margot react to the news that Irma is deathly ill?

2. Why do Albert and Axel carry Margot when the three of them go for a walk in the mountains?

3. In the story Axel tells about his sculptor friend. Where do the sculptor and his wife walk to at the end?

4. In Chapter 32, who does Elisabeth observe from her balcony?

5. What does Albert look like to Axel when he gets out of the car at the chalet?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author make it clear that Elisabeth senses when Albert's accident occurs?

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

3. How does Margot pass the time while she is recuperating from her illness in Chapter 20?

4. What is Albert's trip to Zurich from France like?

5. What does Axel tell the cook he hires from the mountain village?

6. What happens as a result of the layout of the hotel where Albert, Margot, and Axel stay at in Rouginard?

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

8. What does Albert think might happen at Irma's funeral?

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

10. In Chapter 29, what does Udo say he heard while on the bus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Axel and Margot. What does Axel feel for Margot? What does Margot feel for Axel? What struggles do they face in their relationship? Are their feelings for each other genuine?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Nabokov's use of suspense in the novel "Laughter in the Dark." When does the author create suspense and why? What effect does suspense have on the tone of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the conclusion of the novel "Laughter in the Dark." What happens at the end of the novel? Is the ending surprising? Are there any unanswered questions?

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