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 do Mary and Colin forget to take with them when they leave the hotel?

2. What do Mary and Colin discover after they make love one evening?

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

4. Why does Robert's father beat him for three nights in a row?

5. How does Mary initially react to Robert?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mary tell Colin she dreams about during their daily naps?

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

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

5. Describe the notebook Mary keeps as a thirteen-year-old. Why is her mind drawn to this memory while vacationing?

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

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

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

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several turning points in the plot of this novel. Select two major turning points in the plot and discuss:

1) how the event is a turning point

2) how the story would be different if the event had gone in a different direction.

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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