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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 accident does the elder Mr. Stevens have one day?

2. How long has Miss Kenton been gone?

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

4. Stevens believes that the rungs of a social ladder have been replaced by __________.

5. What does the old man say is at the top of the hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the role of flashbacks in the story.

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

3. Describe Stevens' demeanor and bearing.

4. Describe Miss Kenton's situation.

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

6. What are Stevens' thoughts about being a good butler?

7. What surprising news does Miss Kenton reveal to Stevens?

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

9. Describe Stevens' plans for his road trip.

10. How does Stevens finally justify his time spent with Lord Darlington?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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