The Line of Beauty 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. Who has Catherine run into while she is out looking for real estate?

2. Who is the only one in the house excited about the Tippers' arrival?

3. What doesn't Wani tell Nick he has bought?

4. During the Feddens' party, what does Nick ask the Prime Minister to do?

5. Why is the mayor insulted by Gerald?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Ouradi's first son?

2. How is Lionel able to get in the house without alerting the press?

3. According to Catherine, what is Gerald's view of his constituents?

4. Why does Nick suggest that he has helped make the restaurant Gusto a success?

5. How does Nick know Nat Henmer?

6. What does Jonty Stafford tell Catherine about the Hotel Diocletian?

7. What is on Abbots' Field?

8. How does Barry Groom react to his meeting with the Prime Minister?

9. What does Nick fear most after reading the Edelman book?

10. Who is Nat getting married to?

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

Nick is more of a spectator than an actor in the decisions that affect his life. He acts like an appraiser of everyone else's judgments, values, and tastes. Find examples that show Nick to be the cool and removed spectator, critical of others, but unable to ultimately make decisions for himself. Then, analyze whether or not Nick is truly as devoid of power as he seems.

Essay Topic 3

Rachel refers to a politician's affair as "vulgar and unsafe." How do you see the homosexual encounters as portrayed in the text? Are they portrayed as vulgar or as beautiful? Why do you think Hollinghurst makes his scenes so explicit?

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