The Comfort of Strangers Test | Final 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. Why does Mary leave the morgue?

2. How do Mary and Colin act towards one another as they approach their destination?

3. What does Caroline do to Colin's lips?

4. What does Robert focus on as he gives Colin a tour of his gallery?

5. What does Colin describe Caroline as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mary intend to do when she goes to the morgue? What does she do instead?

2. What do Robert and Caroline initially do to Colin? How does he prevent this?

3. How does Colin's experience with Robert at the bar compare to Mary's experience with Caroline in the apartment?

4. Describe the scene when Mary awakens with a shout in the middle of the night.

5. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?

6. What does Colin confess to Mary as they are sitting on the beach? How does Mary react?

7. How do the police react to Mary's statement about Colin's murder? Why?

8. What happens to Caroline the first time she attempts to leave the apartment after her back is broken? What factors prevent her from returning to the apartment?

9. Describe the evolution of the sexual dynamics between Robert and Caroline.

10. Describe the interactions between Mary and Colin while they ride the river taxi. How are these different than their earlier encounters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The human body plays an important role in this novel. Discuss several situations where the body is central to the plot of the story. Focus on what the human body is serving as a symbol of at that point in the novel. Be sure to cite specific details 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

The Comfort of Strangers presents two very different visions of romantic relationships. In your essay, compare and contrast the two couples in the novel focusing on:

1) the dynamics of their relationship

2) their ideals about love

3) their ideals about relationships between men and women.

Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

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