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

2. How does Mary respond at first to Colin's sexual advances?

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

4. Which of the following best describes the ritual Mary and Colin both go through each evening before leaving for dinner?

5. Where do Mary and Colin awaken at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Robert's first meeting with Caroline.

3. How does the author initially describe Robert?

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

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

6. What does Robert offer Mary and Colin at the end of the chapter? How do they react? How does Robert counteract?

7. Describe the setting of the first chapter

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marriage plays an interesting role in this novel. Write an essay:

1) describing the ways marriage is portrayed in the novel

2) examining the significance of marriage in the plot and character development

3) arguing what you believe the author is trying to say about marriage through the novel.

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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