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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. Why does Mrs. Bradley decline to visit her brother's new home?

2. Who can Isabel be introduced to in London?

3. At whose house does Eliott say they are having lunch?

4. Why does Elliott arrange for Larry to sit next to the Parisian woman?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Larry tell the narrator about what he wants in the opening chapter?

2. Describe Gray Maturin

3. What is Elliot's plan at the beginning of the fourth chapter?

4. How does the reader know that Isabel is still in love with Larry?

5. What reasons does Larry give for wanting to marry Sophie?

6. How does Sophie give in to temptation?

7. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

8. How is Larry when he meets Isabel and Gray in Chapter 7?

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

10. Describe Elliott's life on the Riviera.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1920's. How does Maugham express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the problems Europe faced after the First World War. Did Europe change? How did this change affect America? Was this change reflected in the arts? Find an art movement after the First World War and examine what kind of thoughts and feelings it was trying to express. Are these thoughts also reflected in Maugham's the Razor's Edge?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Maugham's life. In what way do you think his life and personality are reflected in the book?

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