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 Colin suggest he and Mary depart the boat early?

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

3. Why does Mary repeat the story about the photograph to Colin while they are eating breakfast?

4. What does Mary realize that frightens her?

5. Where do Mary and Colin travel to at the beginning of this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Mary and Caroline's views on theatre differ? How are they the same?

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

3. What changes about Colin's appearance in this chapter? How does Robert react to this change? How does Mary react?

4. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?

5. What does Mary discover in the apartment when she awakens?

6. Describe Mary and Colin's routine for the days following their visit to Robert and Caroline's apartment.

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the process of Mary realizing that Colin was in the photograph at Robert's apartment

10. What does Colin say in response to Robert's monologue on gender relations? How does Robert respond to Colin's comment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Throughout The Comfort of Strangers Ian McEwan foreshadows the tragic final event in the novel. Select three events in the novel that foreshadow this event. Discuss how these events act as foreshadowing and how their significance becomes evident when the final scene occurs.

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

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