The Line of Beauty Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Nick's walnut bed?

2. What school friend of Nick's is also running for office?

3. Who does Catherine think is madly in love with Gerald?

4. What does Mrs. Avison teach?

5. What does Toby want to teach Nick and Wani to play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Nick a hero or an unreliable narrator? Does the reader have sympathy for him as a character? Explain why or why not using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

How are women portrayed in the text? There are mothers, mistresses, annoying girlfriends, and a Prime Minister. Using the examples of the main female characters (Rachel, Catherine, Penny, Lady Partridge, Margaret Thatcher), what similarities can be seen in the female characters? How do the female characters influence the lives of the male characters?

Essay Topic 3

Henry James is a key figure in the novel. James explores the theme of alienation and also of contrasting old wealth vs. vulgar nouveau riche. How has Hollinghurst also used these themes in the novel?

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