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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. What does Philip want to do when he leaves school?

2. Why is Philip crying when Louisa finds him in the kitchen?

3. What does William think when he sees the pictures his brother had taken of Philip's mother?

4. Where does Philip move after he quits school?

5. What kind of profession is Philip going to be an apprentice at?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the conflict about the bath schedule, and how is it resolved?

2. What does Philip like to hear Emily talk about?

3. What does Phillip's mother die of?

4. What does Philip begin to think when he deals with Fanny's despair?

5. How does Philip raise in the ranks in the department store?

6. How does Philip end up paying for his move to Paris?

7. What happens when Philip returns to school after his bout of Scarlet Fever?

8. How does Philip discover his love of reading?

9. Why does Louisa always make a point to talk to the churchwarden when she is in town?

10. When does Philip get the chance to be intimate with Emily?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Maugham have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 2

Shame and propriety are common themes throughout this book shown a number of times by the women in Philip's life. What are some of the instances where these themes are present, and why are they so important to the characters involved?

Essay Topic 3

Power and Greed are two common themes in this plot, especially shown by Mildred. Where do they appear, and how do they differ in their manifestations?

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