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 happens to Mary's legs during the night?

2. Where do Mary and Colin meet Robert?

3. What does Caroline confess to Mary?

4. How does Colin respond to Robert's stories about his family and his wife?

5. Why is Robert surprised when his father calls him and his sisters into his study one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the smell of cologne for Robert? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who do Mary and Colin notice outside of the street side cafe? How is he the same? How is he different?

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

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

Compare and contrast the men and women in this novel. How are the female characters similar/different? How are the male characters similar/different? Then discuss why you think the author presents this variety of male and female characters in the novel. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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