The Razor's Edge 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. In which city are Isabel and her family living?

2. With whom does Suzanne move to Paris?

3. Which is the only main character that Maugham says he still sees frequently?

4. What country does Gray say he has visited?

5. What does Larry put into Gray's hand?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Elliott's life on the Riviera.

2. How does Elliott try to help Larry?

3. What has happened to Elliott in Chapter 7?

4. How do Gray and Isabel's appearances differ?

5. Describe Kosti.

6. What is Sophie's tragic story?

7. How does Maugham go about trying to find Larry?

8. What were the author's reservations about writing the book?

9. Why does Larry want to go to Paris?

10. Why does Isabel become so lustful in the car?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the characters of Larry and Sophie.

1) In what way are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Do you think they are the perfect match?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is set mostly in Paris.

1) What meaning does Paris bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Paris?

2) How different do you think today's Paris is to the Paris in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Paris?

3) How do you think the Paris settings of the novel contributes to the novel's spiritual meaning?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Maugham use character and setting to express these themes?

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