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. Why does Isabel plant the vodka?

2. What does Maugham compliment Isabel on to calm her down?

3. Who stages the best party of the season?

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

5. What is the name of Elliott's manservant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

6. How does Suzanne become a successful artist?

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

8. In what way does Sophie embody the book's theme of good and evil?

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

10. In what ways does the story end happily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does Maugham use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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