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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 Simone know the narrator has stayed up late?
2. What does Marcelle do when she returns to the room?
3. Who was the woman the narrator saw come out of the building?
4. What does the narrator do as he orgasms?
5. What does the narrator note he is frightened of?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain how the orgy in Chapter 2 takes place.
2. What does the couple see almost immediately after entering the sanitarium grounds, and how do they know this indicates Marcelle is involved?
3. How does the narrator avoid police capture in Chapter 3 and how is this possible?
4. What is Simone wearing when the narrator and she first have a sexual experience at the villa?
5. Describe the first meeting in Chapter 3 between Simone and the narrator following the orgy.
6. In Chapter 3, the narrator contemplates suicide. Explain why, and what happens to change his mind.
7. What does Simone develop an urge to do with eggs at the beginning of Chapter 2?
8. Explain what the narrator thinks as he chases down the unknown naked woman, and the reality of who the woman is.
9. Explain what Simone does with the saucer of milk in the first chapter.
10. What contrasting image does the author give between Simone and Marcelle at the end of Chapter 4? What else could this comparison represent?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several times throughout the novel, the author equates orgasm to death. Explore this connection in depth. Why would such a connection exist? In what ways does the author link these two concepts? What is his purpose for this link? How does this link represent the lives of Simone and the narrator? Does this point come across clearly? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of the narrator and Sir Edmond. What are their similarities? What are their differences? What are the differences in terms of their relationship with Simone? How does each character change throughout the novel? What is the motive behind their actions and behaviors? Why does each continue to associate with Simone?
Essay Topic 3
Sir Edmond is introduced as an additional character in the middle of the novel. His appearance lends an additional level of lewdness and insanity to the novel. Explain Sir Edmond's character in terms of his presence in the novel. What does his character lend to the storyline? What does his appearance do to the other characters? What is his role in the storyline? How does he serve to further the decline of the young couple?
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