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. Where do Maugham and Elliot meet the Bradleys for dinner?

2. Who says hello to Maugham in Cafe Du Dome?

3. What is the name of Suzanne's daughter?

4. From which country does Kosti come?

5. Henry Maturin dies of ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to Elliott in Chapter 7?

2. What do the adults say about Larry's future?

3. What is Sophie's tragic story?

4. What are Isabel's thoughts on love?

5. Why does Larry leave Paris?

6. What reasons does Isabelle give for staying with Gray?

7. How do things change for Elliott in Chapter 6?

8. Describe Isabel's marriage and life with Gray.

9. Describe Suzanne's life in Paris.

10. What confirms to Isabel that she has made the correct choice in breaking off her engagement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the values of the 1920's.

1) Why was greed and loyalty such an issue during this time?

2) In what ways are the characters' negative characteristics a product of their time? Do you think America was going through a transitional phase in the 1920's? What significant changes do you think occurred during this period?

3)Does modern society share any values with 1920's America?

Essay Topic 2

The Razor's Edge is part of the philosophical genre.

1) What are the conventions of the The Razor's Edge genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did The Razor's Edge help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in The Razor's Edge?

Essay Topic 3

In 1984, The Razor's Edge was made into a famous film noir film starring Bill Murray. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant forty years later? Do you think the ideas are timeless and universal? Why do you think, in the film, Larry went to Tibet and not India?

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