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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 did Stroeve's father want him to become?
2. What nationality is Brunot?
3. What does Strickland do as soon as he makes enough money on the plantation?
4. Who does Crabbe lie awake thinking about at the beginning of Chapter 30?
5. What kind of coffee does Crabbe's concierge bring him at the beginning of Chapter 34?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Crabbe have a begrudging respect for Strickland?
2. What does Strickland reveal about Blanche's past?
3. How does Dirk try to win Blanche back?
4. Why does Dirk refuse to go back to Holland?
5. How do people's perception of Strickland's work change during his time in Tahiti?
6. How does Strickland's portrait of Blanche affect Dirk?
7. How does Cohen know Strickland?
8. How does Crabbe wish he could his story about Strickland more compelling?
9. What does Brunot remember about Strickland?
10. What does Ata do after Strickland dies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What does Maugham suggest is the nature of genius? Why is Charles Strickland considered a genius?
Essay Topic 2
How long had Strickland has felt indifferently towards his family? How will Strickland's indifference towards people help him to achieve his aim to become an artist?
Essay Topic 3
How does Blanche's death affect Dirk and Strickland differently? In what way does Blanche's death seem to change Strickland as a person? What suggestions are there that Dirk is likely to get over Blanche's death quicker than Strickland?
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