Mid-Book Test - Hard
|Name: _____________________________||Period: ___________________________|
This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Mary make the comment, "'Thank God I'm not a man'" when she, Colin and Robert enter the bar?
2. What must all visitors to the hospital have to gain entry?
3. How do people react to the elderly women selling trinkets outside of the hospital?
4. What does Caroline say will happen if Mary and Colin choose not to dine with her and Robert?
5. What event becomes a part of each of Mary and Colin's days while on vacation?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mary intend to do when she goes to the morgue? What does she do instead?
2. What information about the bar does Caroline share with Mary? How does Mary react?
3. Describe the two times that Mary and Colin discuss Robert's photograph of Colin in this chapter. How are they different?
4. What does Mary notice about Colin's body as he lays sleeping in Robert and Caroline's apartment?
5. What does Mary find in Robert and Caroline's bedroom? What is the source of this?
6. Why does Robert hold Colin's hand as they walk to the bar? What does he tell people about their relationship?
7. Describe Mary and Colin's experience outside of the hospital.
8. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?
9. Describe the event that led Robert's sisters to despise him.
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?
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.
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.
One of the themes The Comfort of Strangers explores is sexuality. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.
This section contains 979 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)