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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. In what does Mr. Faraday want to invest for Darlington Hall?

3. Stevens does not want people to get the idea that he is ___________________ about working for Lord Darlington.

4. What is the overall goal of the conference?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lisa and why does her presence create such a stir at Darlington Hall?

2. Explain the symbolism and foreshadowing in this chapter.

3. What are Stevens' continuing thoughts on what makes a great butler?

4. What is the relationship between Stevens and Mr. Farraday?

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

6. What is the significance of the March 23 conference hosted by Lord Darlington?

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

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

9. Why is Stevens a little apprehensive about his meeting with Miss Kenton?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the symbolism of Stevens' sighting of the Giffen Silver Polish sign. What does silver polish signify for him? What did properly polished silver represent to important households? To Stevens?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how Stevens is an unwitting accomplice in anti-Semitic behavior. How does he react when he realizes this fact? Is his reaction in character or out of character? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain why the resignation of Lisa is so wounding to Miss Kenton. How did Lisa betray Miss Kenton's trust? Why does Miss Kenton think Lisa is foolish? Why is Miss Kenton secretly jealous of Lisa?

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