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

2. Who leaves Maugham a note at his hotel?

3. Who does Maugham meet in Toulon?

4. Who is Larry due to marry?

5. What is Suzanne's surname?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Larry learn about evil in India?

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

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

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

6. What is Isabel's terrible news?

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

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

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

10. In what way does Maugham criticize the church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Maugham's life. In what way do you think his life and personality are reflected in the book?

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