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 is the name of the coaling town where Larry goes?

2. In what state does Gray have a plantation?

3. What does the author immediately state his misgivings about?

4. Who gives Isabel away?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elliott try to help Larry?

2. What do the adults say about Larry's future?

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

4. Why does Larry leave Paris?

5. How do Gray and Isabel's appearances differ?

6. Describe the point of view Maugham uses.

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

8. What is Maugham's opinion of Larry?

9. Describe Gray Maturin

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Razor's Edge is a famous book which has greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book written after The Razor's Edge that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss there similarities in terms of

a) plot

b) character

c) themes

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

Look at the novel's characterization. How well drawn do you think Maugham's characters are? Select one of the minor characters such as Mrs.Bradley and discuss how much you know about her background. In what ways does Maugham provide the reader with information about that character?

(see the answer keys)

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