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. For what does Maugham say she sacrificed Larry?

2. What does Sophie say she drinks in Isabel's apartment?

3. In what country does Gray start looking for work?

4. What play does Maugham go to see in this chapter?

5. What does Ganesha's friend allow Larry to use?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elliott say in answer to Edna's invitation?

2. What is the story of Sophie's disappearance?

3. How does Suzanne become a successful artist?

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

5. How does Maugham obtain an invitation?

6. In what way does Maugham criticize the church?

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

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

9. In what ways does the story end happily?

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

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 the following statement: "The Razor's Edge fails because it examines the effects of the First World War from too privileged a viewpoint." Using two examples from the book argue for or against the statement.

Essay Topic 3

The novel is set mostly in Paris.

1) What meaning does Paris bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Paris?

2) How different do you think today's Paris is to the Paris in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Paris?

3) How do you think the Paris settings of the novel contributes to the novel's spiritual meaning?

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