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 Stevens recall the time of the conference?

2. What is the subject of Miss Kenton's letter?

3. What can be enjoyed at the top of the hill?

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

5. What did Miss Kenton call Stevens' father one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Stevens runs out of fuel and is nowhere near a filling station?

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

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

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

5. Explain the symbolism and foreshadowing in this chapter.

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

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

8. How does the Day 6, Evening Chapter begin?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stevens must have some idea of Lord Darlington's political tendencies given the nature of his guests during this period in history. How does he justify Lord Darlington's actions? Is Stevens smarter than Lord Darlington gives him credit for? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain Stevens' emotionally repressed behavior. Why do you think he behaves the way he does? Why does Stevens maintain a cool reserve even in his personal life? Does Stevens even have a personal life?

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