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. Who can Isabel be introduced to in London?

3. At whose house does Eliott say they are having lunch?

4. Why does Elliott arrange for Larry to sit next to the Parisian woman?

5. Who says hello to Maugham in Cafe Du Dome?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Gray Maturin

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

4. How does the reader know that Isabel is still in love with Larry?

5. What reasons does Larry give for wanting to marry Sophie?

6. How does Sophie give in to temptation?

7. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

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

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

10. Describe Elliott's life on the Riviera.

Essay 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 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 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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