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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. How can Stevens' personality be described?
2. What had Miss Kenton brought to Stevens' office at Darlington Hall one day?
3. What is the Treaty of Versailles
4. What happens when Stevens returns to his duties at the conference?
5. What has been the nature of Mr. Stevens' trips?
Short Essay Questions
1. In addition to his mental state, the pond scene also symbolizes Stevens' life as a whole. Explain.
2. What irony or insult to Lord Darlington does Stevens think about when recalling the German ambassador's visit?
3. What are the circumstances of the elder Mr. Stevens coming to work at Darlington Hall?
4. How is the staffing situation at Darlington Hall different from the time Miss Kenton had worked there?
5. How does the Day 6, Evening Chapter begin?
6. How has the butler profession changed since the days of Steven's father's time in the job?
7. What are Stevens' continuing thoughts on what makes a great butler?
8. How has Stevens' road trip been both beneficial and uncomfortable for him?
9. Why does Stevens evade the question about being employed by Lord Darlington at one time?
10. What surprising news does Miss Kenton give Stevens on this night?
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 symbolism of Stevens' sighting of the Giffen Silver Polish sign. What does silver polish signify for him? What did properly polished silver represent to important households? To Stevens?
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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