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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the overall goal of the conference?
(a) Discuss the demise of the British monarchy
(b) Establish the United Nations
(c) Determine who should be the next ruler of Germany
(d) Freeze German reparation payments and withdraw French troops

2. What had Stevens said about employment by Lord Darlington when asked by a guest of Mr. Farraday's?
(a) He loved it
(b) He denied it
(c) He is glad it is over
(d) He hated it

3. By what is Stevens conflicted?
(a) Questions and opinions
(b) Duty and opinions
(c) Gossip and personal observations
(d) Duty and personal observations

4. What is Mr. Stevens' profession?
(a) Butler
(b) Surgeon
(c) Lawyer
(d) Farmer

5. Mr. Stevens is not comfortable with American ________________.
(a) literature
(b) food
(c) customs
(d) sensibilities

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Stevens, a butler must have ________________________ as well as a working knowledge on a number of subjects.

2. Why does Miss Kenton interrupt the conference to beckon Stevens out of the room?

3. When did Lord Darlington host a conference of important men from around the world?

4. In what does Mr. Faraday want to invest for Darlington Hall?

5. How can Stevens' father's demeanor best be described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lisa and why does her presence create such a stir at Darlington Hall?

2. What is the significance of the March 23 conference hosted by Lord Darlington?

3. What are the circumstances of the elder Mr. Stevens coming to work at Darlington Hall?

4. Why is Stevens a little apprehensive about his meeting with Miss Kenton?

5. What is the significance of the novel's final scene in which Stevens waits for the lights on the pier to come on?

6. How do Miss Kenton's personality and work style challenge Stevens at first?

7. Explain the nature of Miss Kenton's letter to Stevens.

8. How does the novel begin?

9. How does Stevens finally justify his time spent with Lord Darlington?

10. Describe the role that professionalism and loyalty serve in Stevens' life.

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