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

2. From where does Larry get the $3,000?

3. Where does the narrator unexpectedly meet Larry?

4. Which character does Sophie sit next to at a dinner party twelve years before?

5. Who does Larry meets in Lens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Sophie's tragic story?

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

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

5. Describe Elliott

6. What does Larry say about his time away?

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

8. Describe Suzanne's time with Larry in the country.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Indian culture. What influence has it had on America and the western world in terms of politics, arts and religion. Why would Larry go to India to find himself?

Essay Topic 2

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

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

Essay Topic 3

Review the history of the stock market in 1929. When and why was it set up? What effects did it have on the running of society? Why was it such a problem when the stock market crashed in 1929 and how did it affect peoples lives?

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