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. Who watches Mary as she walks through Robert's gallery?

2. What does Mary note about the water in Venice?

3. What do Mary and Colin both notice in a store window?

4. Why does Caroline have difficulty moving around the house?

5. Who does Mary tell Colin they should have brought with them on vacation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the setting around the tourist attraction clock tower.

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

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

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

6. Describe the setting of the first chapter

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

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

9. How does the author initially describe Robert?

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

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

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 setting of The Comfort of Strangers strongly influences the plot of the novel. Discuss the role that the setting plays in this novel. Focus on how it influences the choices and actions of the characters. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

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