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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. In what country does Mr. Stevens life?

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

3. Where are the elder Mr. Stevens' tasks outlined?

4. Mr. Farraday's comment makes Mr. Stevens feel __________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the extent of Stevens' travels during his lifetime?

2. What benefit does the road trip provide for Stevens?

3. On what occasion does Stevens lie about his employment with Lord Darlington?

4. What does Stevens do after finding out that Mr. Cardinal plans to stay the night.

5. When does Stevens first get a glimpse of Lord Darlington's Nazi sympathies?

6. Describe Miss Kenton's situation.

7. How does Miss Kenton react to the news that Stevens had also been upset by the dismissal of the Jewish girls?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stevens learns his profession from his father who was also a butler. How has the profession defined the relationship between father and son? What good has come of the mutual profession? What sadness has come from it? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the action or item that has precipitated Stevens' latest endeavor? How is he affected by this action or item? How is Stevens' response so out of character for his usual rigid demeanor?

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