The Razor's Edge Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city in Spain does Larry visit?

2. What does he order Elliott not to do?

3. What does Isabel say she sacrificed?

4. What is Hakim's?

5. Who does Ganesha say is the only guru?

Essay 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

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1920's. How does Maugham express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

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

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