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 Colin tell Caroline is the only downside to his and Mary's visit to Venice?

2. Where do Mary and Colin spend the night in this chapter?

3. What ritual did Robert's family perform each evening when he was growing up?

4. Which of the following does NOT characterize Mary and Colin's relationship?

5. Why doesn't Robert's father allow him to eat chocolate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Colin and Mary's nightly ritual (in the hotel room) before leaving for dinner

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

4. 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?

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

6. How does Mary react to Colin when he wears the dressing gown? How is this different from his own reaction?

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

8. How are Mary and Colin's views on feminism demonstrated through their reactions to a poster hanging on the wall of a Venice building?

9. Describe the display in the department store window that both Mary and Colin comment on.

10. Where does Robert take Mary and Colin to eat? Describe this setting.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout The Comfort of Strangers the author explores what it means to be a stranger. Discuss how characters in this novel are strangers focusing on what makes them strangers. Then discuss the author's view of the stranger. Is it better to be a stranger or to not be a stranger, according to McEwan? Why?

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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