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. How does Robert react when Colin repeatedly asks him questions about the photograph?

2. What does Robert tell Colin he looks like when he enters the room after showering and dressing?

3. Why does Colin quickly swim out to Mary?

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

5. What does Caroline find "sweet" about Colin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is wrong with Mary at the beginning of this chapter? What does Caroline tell Colin is wrong with her? What does Colin think they need to do?

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

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

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

6. How do Mary and Colin's conversations compare to their lovemaking?

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

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

9. Why do Mary and Colin leave late for the beach? What is the motivation behind their change of plans?

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

One of the themes The Comfort of Strangers explores is loss and confusion. Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme. 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

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.

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