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. What delights Mary the most about swimming in the ocean?

2. What does Robert use to critically injury Colin?

3. What is the main topic of conversation while Robert, Caroline, Mary and Colin dine together?

4. Why do Mary and Colin abandon the spot they initially choose to set up on at the beach?

5. How did Caroline's back become injured?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the two times that Mary and Colin discuss Robert's photograph of Colin in this chapter. How are they different?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why doesn't Mary respond much to Caroline's stories? What is likely the source of her silence?

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

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

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

10. How does Mary's reaction to Robert's photograph differ from Colin's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Read the two inscriptions at the beginning of the novel.

Discuss the significance of these quote in reference to the novel. How do they fit (or not fit) the novel? Why do you think Ian McEwan chose these quotes? How do they work together to demonstrate the themes of the novel?

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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