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. How does the encounter with the old man at the forest symbolize Stevens' personality?

2. What does Stevens tell his father after the accident?

3. What is Stevens content to do?

4. What nationality is Mr. Faraday?

5. What does Stevens think about in the time before breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the meeting between Stevens and Miss Kenton so poignant?

3. What concerns does Mr. Cardinal have regarding Lord Darlington?

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

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

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

7. Describe Stevens' demeanor and bearing.

8. What happens when Miss Kenton returns to Darlington Hall that evening?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the technique of flashback used extensively in this book. Describe some situations that can be considered flashbacks. Why are they flashbacks? What are the benefits of using flashbacks?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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