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. What does Maugham say Isabel is wearing a mask of when she stares at Larry?

2. What does Larry say Sophie used to do when she was younger?

3. At what time of year do Mrs. Bradley and Isabel arrive in Paris?

4. How are Sophie's husband and daughter killed?

5. In what month of the year do Gray and Isabel get married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Maugham's opinion of Larry?

4. What happens to Kosti and Larry in Germany?

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

6. Why does Larry want to go to Paris?

7. What does Maugham say about a person's true nature in Chapter 3?

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

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

10. What does Larry say about his time away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The Razor's Edge is written in the first person and with the author himself as narrator. Why do you think Maugham chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if it were written in the third person? What difference does it make it make to the story that Maugham is one of the characters?

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