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 Stevens content to do?

2. What was Stevens' father's profession?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Miss Kenton not follow through on her threat to resign?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain the symbolism and foreshadowing in this chapter.

10. Describe Stevens' plans for his road trip.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Stevens feel he must be evasive about his employment with Lord Darlington? What has happened to make Stevens change his perspective on Lord Darlington? How does Stevens measure his own life by Lord Darlington's activities?

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

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.

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