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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 had Stevens said about employment by Lord Darlington when asked by a guest of Mr. Farraday's?

2. How does Stevens feel about serving at Darlington Hall for so many years?

3. What is Miss Kenton's name now that she is married?

4. What does Stevens consider the comments people still make about Lord Darlington?

5. What literary device does the author use when describing Stevens' last chance to see a spectacular view?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the significance of the conversation Stevens has with a stranger on the pier?

4. What is Miss Kenton's reaction to the dismissal of the Jewish girls?

5. Why is the meeting between Stevens and Miss Kenton so poignant?

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

7. Describe Stevens' plans for his road trip.

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

9. How has Stevens' road trip been both beneficial and uncomfortable for him?

10. How does the novel begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Stevens is an unwitting accomplice in anti-Semitic behavior. How does he react when he realizes this fact? Is his reaction in character or out of character? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why the resignation of Lisa is so wounding to Miss Kenton. How did Lisa betray Miss Kenton's trust? Why does Miss Kenton think Lisa is foolish? Why is Miss Kenton secretly jealous of Lisa?

Essay Topic 3

Define the role of a butler in a great household. How does Stevens fit in that description. Is Stevens happy with his profession? Would he have chosen it if he had had other options? Explain.

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