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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What moment, as Brown remembers the past, makes him feel that his business was finally a success?
(a) His guest registry was full for nearly three months running.
(b) A young couple promised to vacation there every year.
(c) Tourists in the neighboring cities heard about him.
(d) A girl was making love in the pool in the middle of the night.

2. When Brown returns to his hotel in Santo Domingo, what does he find on his pillow?
(a) A note from Martha.
(b) A letter from Doctor Magiot.
(c) Money from Mr. Smith
(d) A letter from Joseph.

3. What does Jones name the ambassador's new dog?
(a) Mosquito.
(b) Don Juan.
(c) Midge.
(d) T-bone.

4. When the passengers aboard the Medea have a night of entertainment, what is the first event?
(a) A song performance.
(b) A kitchen orchestra.
(c) Three magic tricks.
(d) A dance performance.

5. How does Jones feel about his jail cell?
(a) It is unremarkable.
(b) He barely notices it.
(c) It is merely the next step in his journey.
(d) It is horrifying.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was striking about the countess's hair?

2. Why is Mr. Smith proud to be involved in Jones's release from jail?

3. What does Martha's husband think about her affair with Brown?

4. Jones reveals his opinion about scruples. What is this opinion?

5. Why, according to Philipot, did Jones die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Brown observes, following his disastrous conversation with Angel, that the quality which attracts him in a woman is not beauty but goodness. How is this similar to Jones's pursuit of virtue? Why does he find goodness in Martha?

2. Brown is aware of the ridiculous nature of three men with common names: Jones, Smith, and Brown. What does this tell the reader about Brown's view of the story?

3. Martha and Brown rendezvous for the first time in her car by the Columbus statue. What is the nature of this meeting and how does it set the tone for their relationship?

4. Doctor Magiot's funeral oration for Philipot consists mostly of the consolation that he died a natural death, which is to say he was not murdered. Considering the political environment, is this a compliment? What about the dead man's sense of mathematics?

5. Brown spends approximately one day in the Dominican Republic as he tries to get money and an exit visa. How does this country differ from Haiti? What changes does Brown note in the people, attitudes, buildings, and scenery?

6. After visiting Martha and her husband at the embassy, what drives Brown to Mere Catherine's? Is he satisfied there?

7. On the way to the hotel immediately after his arrival in Haiti, Brown and Martha are stopped at a roadblock and searched. What is the purpose of telling this scene?

8. With the thought that Doctor Philipot's spirit might be hovering around the body, hoping for an encouraging word of send-off, Brown purposely speaks trivial words about eating eggs in the morning. What does this tell the reader about his perception of death? How does it fit the tone of the book?

9. In Part 1, Chapter 5, the small funeral entourage that drives to Petionville to bury Doctor Philipot is in a great hurry. Why is this? How does this tie in with the doctor's death?

10. Brown worries that Martha enjoys Jones's company, especially when she says it is because he makes the family laugh. Why is Brown so concerned? Does he feel that his relationship with Martha is threatened because of Jones?

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