Of Human Bondage 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. How does Philip describe the way his father spent money?

2. What does Ducroz teach Philip?

3. How is Philip going to pay for his apprenticeship?

4. What is Philip's hobby?

5. What does Philip read every day during his first two years of school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philip decide to do after his first visit to Paris?

2. What does Phillip do to feel close to his mother after her death?

3. Why does William not allow Phillip to have any food when they arrive at the vicarage?

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

5. How does Philip feel about Hayward when they first meet?

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

7. How does Philip discover his love of reading?

8. What happens after Philip has been in Germany for three months?

9. How do the boys force Philip to show off his clubfoot?

10. What question does Philip ask Cronshaw, and what is Cronshaw's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

How does Philip's relationship with Mildred change over the course of the plot? What caused these changes, and what significance does this have to the outcome of the book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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