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 overall goal of the conference?

2. How much has Mr. Stevens traveled in his life?

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

4. What was the number of staff employed at Darlington Hall 20 years ago?

5. What does the elder Mr. Stevens tell Stevens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What surprising news does Miss Kenton give Stevens on this night?

4. Describe what happens when Stevens parks the car to view an unfamiliar spot on his trip.

5. How is the staffing situation at Darlington Hall different from the time Miss Kenton had worked there?

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

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

8. How does the scene at the pond indicate Stevens' state of mind during his road trip?

9. Describe Stevens' behavior and thoughts while his father is ill during the conference.

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

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 Stevens' emotionally repressed behavior. Why do you think he behaves the way he does? Why does Stevens maintain a cool reserve even in his personal life? Does Stevens even have a personal life?

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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