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 does Colin find unusual about Caroline?

2. What information causes the Italian police to become less sympathetic towards Mary?

3. What does Robert say he and Caroline have been doing since they last saw Colin and Mary?

4. How does Caroline's face become injured?

5. What does the "apelike" teenage boy spend his time doing while at the beach?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene between Robert and Mary at the bookcase.

2. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?

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

4. Describe the scene in the ocean involving Mary and Colin.

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

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

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

8. According to Robert, how do the roles of men and women differ now from the time when his father was alive?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Marriage plays an interesting role in this novel. Write an essay:

1) describing the ways marriage is portrayed in the novel

2) examining the significance of marriage in the plot and character development

3) arguing what you believe the author is trying to say about marriage through the novel.

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

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