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

2. What does Colin say must happen before he and Mary decide if they will stay at Caroline and Robert's home for dinner?

3. How long have Colin and Mary been together?

4. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the main setting of this chapter?

5. What impresses Mary about the women of Venice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author initially describe Robert?

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

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

6. What are Mary and Colin looking for as they journey through the city? Why?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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