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 is Caroline trapped in her apartment?

2. How does Caroline react when Robert returns home from the bar?

3. Why does Mary awaken with a shout early one morning?

4. Why does Robert idolize his father and grandfather?

5. What does Colin notice has changed in Robert's bar since his earlier visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mary find in Robert and Caroline's bedroom? What is the source of this?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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