Loitering with Intent Test | Mid-Book 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. On what does the former priest focus in his memoirs?

2. When Fleur phones Dottie after their visit and inquires if something is bothering her, what does Dottie say?

3. By December of 1949, where is Fleur's primary focus?

4. When did Fleur finally finish Warrender Chase?

5. What does Dottie first write when she joins the Association?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does recounting her adventures with the Autobiographical Association make Fleur feel about the differences between fiction and nonfiction?

2. Fleur describes both Beryl Tims and Dottie, the wife of Fleur's lover, as "English Roses." What does she mean by this?

3. What is the basis for the argument between Maisie Young and Fleur in Chapter 5?

4. Fleur and takes Lady Edwina on regular Sunday afternoon walks. They are soon joined by one of her old friends. How are these relationships developing?

5. How does Fleur meet Lady Edwina?

6. How does Fleur spend that first meeting of the Association?

7. What does Wally suggest Fleur should do about her job, and how does she respond?

8. Describe the relationship between Fleur and her lover, Leslie.

9. What is Fleur's frame of mind at the beginning of the novel, and why?

10. Describe Fleur's impressions of Sir Quentin Oliver upon their first meeting.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fleur creates a character type she calls the "English Rose." Discuss how her character types are like stereotypes, and perhaps more importantly, how they are different. How might these character types be helpful to writers, or how they might hinder the telling of a story?

Essay Topic 2

Muriel Spark intentionally leaves character motivation out of Loitering with Intent. Her main character, Fleur Talbot, discusses not disclosing Warrender Chase's motivation for his evil behavior, merely the effects of his evil actions.

Discuss the concept of motivation and why you think Spark doesn't focus on the motivation of her characters' actions. Do you think this affects the reader's impressions of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What would you have done if you'd found yourself in Fleur's position at the Autobiographical Association? Would you have stayed on? Why or why not? Discuss the ethical implications of your decision.

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