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. Why does Mary make the comment, "'Thank God I'm not a man'" when she, Colin and Robert enter the bar?

2. What must all visitors to the hospital have to gain entry?

3. How do people react to the elderly women selling trinkets outside of the hospital?

4. What does Caroline say will happen if Mary and Colin choose not to dine with her and Robert?

5. What event becomes a part of each of Mary and Colin's days while on vacation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mary intend to do when she goes to the morgue? What does she do instead?

2. What information about the bar does Caroline share with Mary? How does Mary react?

3. Describe the two times that Mary and Colin discuss Robert's photograph of Colin in this chapter. How are they different?

4. What does Mary notice about Colin's body as he lays sleeping in Robert and Caroline's apartment?

5. What does Mary find in Robert and Caroline's bedroom? What is the source of this?

6. Why does Robert hold Colin's hand as they walk to the bar? What does he tell people about their relationship?

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

8. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?

9. Describe the event that led Robert's sisters to despise him.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The setting of The Comfort of Strangers strongly influences the plot of the novel. Discuss the role that the setting plays in this novel. Focus on how it influences the choices and actions of the characters. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The human body plays an important role in this novel. Discuss several situations where the body is central to the plot of the story. Focus on what the human body is serving as a symbol of at that point in the novel. Be sure to cite specific details from the novel to support your ideas.

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