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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. Where do Nicholas and Alison take refuge for the night?

2. Which of the following best describes Nicholas' emotionality?

3. What does Conchis invite Nicholas to do?

4. What does Nicholas realize he wants in regard to Alison?

5. Where do Alison and Nicholas go after they leave the airport?

Short Essay Questions

1. What shocks Nicholas when he is looking around the music room?

2. What four events does Conchis share with Nicholas as he begins the story of his life?

3. How does the character of Mitford describe life on the island to Nicholas and what does he speak mysteriously about?

4. What does Lily admit to Nicholas while they are together on the beach after lunch?

5. What does Nicholas discover when he is heading to his favorite part of the island on his hike and how does he feel upon this discovery?

6. What does Nicholas read and what is it about?

7. How does Conchis describe the series of events that brought him to where he is today and how does he indicate it has affected him?

8. Who does Nicholas contact via letter and what does he hope to happen because of the letter?

9. What does Nicholas see when he goes downstairs himself after Conchis heads upstairs?

10. What happens to Nicholas when he accompanies Demetriades and what does he do about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way is the novel's key thematic and narrative point that personal identity and integrity depends on the power of choice? Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How did the author use foreshadowing within this novel? Which events were foreshadowed? Was the technique successful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What does the author intend to be the biggest shock to Nicholas in this novel? What does the author intend to be the biggest shock to the reader in this novel? Why do you think so?

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