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. What does Mary liken the cafe to?

2. What do Mary and Colin discover after they make love one evening?

3. What causes Mary and Colin to begin telling Robert about themselves?

4. How do Robert's sisters attempt to embarrass him in front of Caroline?

5. Why does Mary believe that the feminist posters suggest rapists should be castrated?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Describe the gallery in Robert and Caroline's apartment

5. Who do Mary and Colin notice outside of the street side cafe? How is he the same? How is he different?

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

7. How does Mary and Colin's relationship with the hotel maid change over the course of their vacation?

8. Why does Caroline lock Mary and Colin's clothes in a cabinet?

9. Describe the setting of the first chapter

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout The Comfort of Strangers Ian McEwan foreshadows the tragic final event in the novel. Select three events in the novel that foreshadow this event. Discuss how these events act as foreshadowing and how their significance becomes evident when the final scene occurs.

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

Essay Topic 2

The gallery in Robert's apartment plays an important role in the novel. It serves as a symbol on many levels. Discuss the significance of the gallery in the novel. Cite several specific examples 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.

(see the answer keys)

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