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. While everyone is waiting for Gerald to come home and deal with the press, what does Catherine put on the record player?

2. Who is with Nick in the photo that hangs in his bathroom?

3. Which friend of Gerald's comes to give him advice after the scandal concerning Nick breaks?

4. Who gives the Feddens a rococo ewer?

5. What is Elena's first impression of Nick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Wobbly Thursday?

4. Describe the game of welly-whanging.

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

6. Who is Nat getting married to?

7. What does Penny document in her diary?

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

9. What does Sally Tipper look like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Early in the text, Nick receives a gift of cologne called "Je Promets". At the end of the novel, an ad for the cologne appears in the back pages of Ogee magazine. Explain the symbolism and significance of this cologne and how it represents the changes that have occurred in Nick's life.

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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