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 Mr. Achilles marry his previous wife?

2. In her note, what does Isabel say has happened?

3. Why is Toulouse good for Sophie?

4. What is the name of Ganesha's compound?

5. How does Maugham celebrate the completion of the rough draft of his novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

4. How does Isabel react to Sophie's disappearance?

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

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

7. What is Isabel's terrible news?

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

9. How does Sophie give in to temptation?

10. In what ways does the story end happily?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the problems Europe faced after the First World War. Did Europe change? How did this change affect America? Was this change reflected in the arts? Find an art movement after the First World War and examine what kind of thoughts and feelings it was trying to express. Are these thoughts also reflected in Maugham's the Razor's Edge?

Essay Topic 2

Compare the characters of Larry and Sophie.

1) In what way are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Do you think they are the perfect match?

Essay Topic 3

Review the history of the stock market in 1929. When and why was it set up? What effects did it have on the running of society? Why was it such a problem when the stock market crashed in 1929 and how did it affect peoples lives?

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