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. What is the subject of Miss Kenton's letter?

2. What is the state of Miss Kenton's marriage?

3. What does Mr. Faraday call Mr. Stevens when he learns of Mr. Stevens' plans to visit Miss Kenton?

4. What does Stevens feel has happened to Lord Darlington's reputation?

5. What question does Stevens ponder as he drives?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Stevens encounter the next morning that reminds him of serving in a great household?

3. Who is Mr. Cardinal and what does Stevens recall about him?

4. How does the Day 6, Evening Chapter begin?

5. How is Stevens' reserve shown regarding Miss Kenton's letter?

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

7. How does the novel begin?

8. In addition to his mental state, the pond scene also symbolizes Stevens' life as a whole. Explain.

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

10. Describe Miss Kenton's situation.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the narrative style of writing in the book. Who is the narrator? How is his character defined through this choice of writing style?

Essay Topic 2

Explain what you think Stevens will do with the balance of his life. What will he do when he returns to Darlington Hall? Will he continue on as before or will he make an attempt to carve out a little life for himself, too? Can he serve himself and still serve others? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

How does Stevens justify the humiliating behavior inflicted by Lord Darlington's guests toward him? What is his view on the laws of nature? Does he truly feel that class distinction has its place even after he has been a victim of its cruelty?

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