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. Which of the following characters is a renowned decorator?

2. Who sends Sophie to Paris?

3. What is the name of the coaling town where Larry goes?

4. What is Patty's role in the war?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Larry's opinion of Sophie?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Gray Maturin

8. What is Maugham's opinion of Larry?

9. Describe the point of view Maugham uses.

10. What has happened to Elliott in Chapter 7?

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 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 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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