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 Caroline say makes her feel more efficient?

2. What does Robert do at the beginning of this chapter to mark the change in his relationship with Mary and Colin?

3. What does Colin do for a living?

4. Which of the following is NOT a change that occurs for Mary and Colin during this chapter?

5. Why does Colin insist on leaving the apartment with Mary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Robert and Caroline initially do to Colin? How does he prevent this?

2. Why do Mary and Colin depart the riverboat early? How does their ultimate destination differ from their intended destination?

3. What does Caroline request of Colin? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Mary's fantasy of "subjection and humiliation" for Colin? What is Colin's fantasy for Mary?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

While Mary's children never appear in the novel, their influence is felt on the story. In your essay:

1) describe Mary's children and their life circumstances.

2) discuss at least two events where the children play a role in the scene

3) discuss the significance of the children in the scene. What do they represent?

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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