The Comfort of Strangers 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 Robert react when Mary asks him how he met his wife?

2. How quickly do Robert, Mary and Colin drink their first bottle of wine?

3. Where do Mary and Colin meet Robert?

4. What are Mary and Colin searching for in the morning?

5. What is Robert's opinion of Italian feminists?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the smell of cologne for Robert? Why?

2. Why does Mary begin thinking of her children in this chapter? What does she wish she had done?

3. What is unusual about Robert's interactions with Mary and Colin in this chapter?

4. Describe the setting around the tourist attraction clock tower.

5. What do Robert's sisters feed him one afternoon? Why?

6. How does Caroline define being "in love" with someone? How does the definition of love differ for men and women according to Caroline?

7. Describe the scene involving the older tourists that Colin observes from his balcony. How does the version of the story Colin tells Mary differ from the actual situation?

8. Describe Robert's father (as Robert presents him in this chapter)

9. Describe Mary and Colin's experience outside of the hospital.

10. How does Robert's father react to him soiling his study? How does this make Robert feel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The past is essential to Robert's development as a character. Discuss at least three events/people from the past that influenced Robert's character. Focus on describing the event as well as discussing how the event determined the person Robert becomes. Be sure to cite specific details from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel Mary and Colin's relationship changes significantly. In your essay:

1) describe their relationship at the beginning of the novel.

2) describe their relationship at the end of the novel

3) discuss the changes that occur in their relationship

4) discuss what influences these changes.

Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

While Mary's children never appear in the novel, their influence is felt on the story. In your essay:

1) describe Mary's children and their life circumstances.

2) discuss at least two events where the children play a role in the scene

3) discuss the significance of the children in the scene. What do they represent?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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