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. Where did Mary work for many years?

2. What does Mary see as "the most powerful single principle of organization shaping institutions and individual lives"?

3. What does Robert focus on as he gives Colin a tour of his gallery?

4. Why does Mary leave the morgue?

5. Where do Mary and Colin go after leaving the boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Robert hold Colin's hand as they walk to the bar? What does he tell people about their relationship?

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

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

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

6. What does Colin confess to Mary as they are sitting on the beach? How does Mary react?

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

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

9. Describe the interactions between Mary and Colin while they ride the river taxi. How are these different than their earlier encounters?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the men and women in this novel. How are the female characters similar/different? How are the male characters similar/different? Then discuss why you think the author presents this variety of male and female characters in the novel. Be sure to cite specific evidence 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 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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