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. Who does Maugham meet at the play?

2. What does Isabel say she sacrificed?

3. For what does Maugham apologize to the reader?

4. For what does Maugham say she sacrificed Larry?

5. Why does Maugham say Isabel kills Sophie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Elliott so upset at not being invited to Edna's party?

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

4. What is Maugham's opinion of Isabel's character?

5. In what way has Elliot changed from the last time Maugham saw him?

6. How does Maugham obtain an invitation?

7. What does Elliot leave to the main characters in his will?

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

9. Explain what Larry sees and feels when he experiences the Absolute?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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