The Remains of the Day Test | Mid-Book 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. To what does Stevens compare being asked about a former employer in the presence of a current one?

2. What does Stevens tell his father after the accident?

3. Why has Stevens missed out on a normal life?

4. When Mr. Stevens encounters an old man on the road, what does the old man say?

5. What does Stevens think about in the time before breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the role that integrity and contributions to society contribute toward making a household a great one.

3. What are Stevens' continuing thoughts on what makes a great butler?

4. What are the rumors related to Lard Darlington's sympathies for the Nazis?

5. What is the extent of Stevens' travels during his lifetime?

6. What irony or insult to Lord Darlington does Stevens think about when recalling the German ambassador's visit?

7. What was the nature of Stevens' meeting with Miss Kenton?

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

9. Explain Stevens' personal complications during the time of the conference.

10. Describe the story line in THE REMAINS OF THE DAY.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stevens defines dignity and professionalism as the two main characteristics of a good butler. What other qualities are necessary to be a good butler. What type of person could never be a good butler? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the technique of symbolism used extensively in this book. Describe some situations that can be considered symbolism. Why are they examples of symbolism? What are the benefits of using symbolism?

Essay Topic 3

When Stevens runs out of gas, he spends the night in a small town where the people think he is some sort of dignitary. Why does Stevens not speak up and amend their views? Does Stevens want the people to think he is important? Or does he just not want to engage in any way with personal dialogue with strangers? Explain.

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