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. Where is the last place Nick sees Leo alive?

2. When everyone else goes to Chez Claude and Toby and Nick stay home, what does Toby make Nick for lunch?

3. What happens to Nick's walnut bed?

4. What has the ch√Ęteau next to the manor been turned into?

5. What is Nick reading while he is on vacation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wani say he is having a feature on in the premiere issue of Ogee?

2. Why is Rachel so upset with Nick?

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

4. What is on the cover of the premiere issue of Ogee?

5. What does Sally Tipper look like?

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

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

8. What does Penny document in her diary?

9. What is mistakenly believed about Market Hall in Barwick?

10. What does the Gauguin painting "Le Matin aux Champs" represent, according to Catherine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Nick is surrounded by many people who love "things more than people". Using examples in the text, explain how the snobbishness of the wealthy puts a heavy value on possessions over relationships. How do the characters relate to their possessions? How does this compare to how they relate to each other?

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