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 promise did Colin make to Caroline?

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

3. What does Caroline say makes her feel more efficient?

4. What prevents Mary from saving Colin's life?

5. What does Mary intend to tell Colin, but does not (as she sits with his body in the morgue)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Select the most sympathetic and least sympathetic characters in the novel. Write an essay:

1) describing why you think each is sympathetic/not sympathetic

2) defend your position using details from the novel

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the themes in this novel is the concept of gender roles. Discuss the ways that this theme plays out in the novel and the overarching message about gender that the author is trying to make. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

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