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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. Nicholas' favorite spot on the island is also one that is which of the following?

2. Which of the following characters was the name of the woman Conchis fell in love with?

3. Which of the following terms best describes how the bedroom Nicholas is using is furnished?

4. What does Nicholas find when he returns to school?

5. With whom does Conchis take refuge after he leaves England?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Alison respond to Nicholas and what realization does he come to after receiving her response?

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

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

5. What does Nicholas think about as he lies down and reflects on Conchis and how does Nicholas feel about this?

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

7. What does Nicholas do once he returns to school in regards to the villa?

8. How did Conchis describe his time in Word War II and how it affected him?

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

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

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

Why do you think Nicholas' relationship with Mrs. de Seitas is angry? Why do you think Nicholas' relationship with JoJo is selfish and shallow? Do you think these reasons are justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think so many men fell for Conchis' ploys? Do you think this could happen in real-life? Do you think people are that gullible? Why or why not?

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