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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 magazine does Russell take photographs for?

2. What does Leo like best about the painting of Jesus?

3. What kind of car does Wani drive?

4. What does Nick's father's shop mainly sell?

5. Who is the Fedden's handyman?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nick explain his frequent absences to the Feddens?

2. What does Leo's mother think about his relationship with Pete?

3. Why is Wani nervous about leaving his things at the Pond?

4. What acting experience has Sophie had?

5. What does Toby say has been Sophie's father's most famous remark?

6. Why doesn't Nick like Strauss?

7. How is Gerald represented in the book about the election?

8. Describe Howard and Simon's relationship.

9. Why do the Feddens ask Nick to look after Catherine?

10. What does Nick think of Norman Kent's weeping during the piano performance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nick's thesis is on the "style that hides things and reveals things at the same time". Explain how this relates to the larger context of the novel. How does the concept of "style" play a role in the major characters' lives?

Essay Topic 2

The context of the novel is Great Britain in the 1980s. How would the plot be different if it took place in another time period? Why is this time period necessary to reveal subtleties of plot --AIDS scare, economics, politics, etc.?

Essay Topic 3

Wani can be seen as the supremely decadent character. Analyze his character and explain his motivations for his behavior. Is he selfish or a product of his environment? What is his family life like? Is he enabled in his selfishness?

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