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 quality does Stevens thinks makes a good butler?

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 Stevens believes that the rungs of a social ladder have been replaced by __________.

3. How does Stevens recall the time of the conference?

4. What was Stevens' father's profession?

5. What is the topic of the conference?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Stevens' position on whether a man has innate dignity or not.

2. What does Stevens learn is the primary point to be accomplished at the conference?

3. What is the significance of the novel's final scene in which Stevens waits for the lights on the pier to come on?

4. Why does Stevens return again and again in his mind to his reluctance to admit to being employed by Lord Darlington?

5. How has the butler profession changed since the days of Steven's father's time in the job?

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

7. Describe Miss Kenton's situation.

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

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

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

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 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

Describe the unspoken attraction between Stevens and Miss Kenton. How does Miss Kenton try to get to know Stevens on a more personal level? Is she successful? Why or why not?

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