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. Why does Mary propose amputating Colin's arms and legs?

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

3. What does Colin believe is wrong with Mary when she awakens frightened?

4. What does Robert maintain hold of as he and Colin walk through the gallery?

5. What does Robert believe all women want?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The human body plays an important role in this novel. Discuss several situations where the body is central to the plot of the story. Focus on what the human body is serving as a symbol of at that point in the novel. Be sure to cite specific details from the novel to support your ideas.

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

Compare and contrast the two main settings of the novel: Robert and Caroline's apartment and Mary and Colin's hotel room. Focus on:

1) the characteristics of the settings

2) the influence that the setting asserts on the plot of the novel

3) the ways that the setting reflects the characters "living" in it.

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

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