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. How long does Larry think it will take to find answers about God and the soul?

2. About shat does Larry say he is trying to find answers?

3. With whom is Gray in love?

4. What does Larry say will happen when he counts to 24?

5. Where does Elliott tell Mrs. Bradley they should go for the rest of the season?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Isabel's thoughts on love?

2. Describe Kosti.

3. How does Elliott try to help Larry?

4. How does the stock market crash affect the main characters?

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

6. What does Maugham say he has changed about the real story?

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

8. Describe Isabal's plan to win back Larry in Paris in Chapter 4.

9. Describe Suzanne's life in Paris.

10. What is Larry's opinion of Sophie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's dialogue. How does Maugham's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

Essay Topic 2

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

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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