The Comfort of Strangers Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Read the two inscriptions at the beginning of the novel.

Discuss the significance of these quote in reference to the novel. How do they fit (or not fit) the novel? Why do you think Ian McEwan chose these quotes? How do they work together to demonstrate the themes of the novel?

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes The Comfort of Strangers explores is sexuality. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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