The Razor's Edge Test | Final 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 kind of business does Gray want to start?

2. Who does Ganesha say is the only guru?

3. For what does Maugham apologize to the reader?

4. Which word best describes Larry's voice?

5. Who iss Sophie supposed to meet the day she disappeares?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Isabel leave the vodka to tempt Sophie?

2. What does the Indian say is significant about the sculptures in the cave?

3. Describe the cafe in which Maugham and Larry drink?

4. How does Sophie give in to temptation?

5. Why does Larry say he has had trouble believing in Christianity?

6. What does Maugham imagine about Isabel and Gray's life in Texas?

7. Do you think there is anything suspicious about the incident with the vodka?

8. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

9. How does Suzanne become a successful artist?

10. What is Isabel's terrible news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Bohemian life.

1)What are Bohemians? What are their ideas on life? From where do they get their ideas?

2) What influence have Bohemians had on popular culture?

3) Why is it important for Larry to live the Bohemian life? What do you think Larry will achieve by being a Bohemian?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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