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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What causes Kitty to marry Walter Fane in a panic?
(a) Her younger sister becomes engaged.
(b) She has a nightmare of becoming an old maid.
(c) Her mother threatens to disown her.
(d) She falls in love with him and realizes he is leaving the country.

2. What does Charlie give as his number one reason for "hushing up" their affair?
(a) He doesn't want his children to find out.
(b) He doesn't want Dorothy to find out.
(c) He's worried about being excommunicated.
(d) He doesn't want it to hurt his career.

3. After Kitty appears so radiant (shortly after commencing her affair with Charlie), what do her friends assume?
(a) That she has discovered an Asian beauty secret.
(b) That she is expecting a baby.
(c) That she has begun an illicit affair.
(d) That she and Walter are more in love than ever.

4. What is Mr. Garstin's impression of Walter after talking with him for some time?
(a) He finds Walter highly intelligent.
(b) He thinks Walter is very rude.
(c) He thinks Walter is extremely conceited.
(d) He finds Walter very boring.

5. After Kitty and Charlie are done discussing Walter, what does Charlie do?
(a) He goes down and pays the curio shop owner.
(b) He goes for his regular tiffin.
(c) He locks the door and stays with Kitty.
(d) He rushes out to a business appointment.

6. When Charlie and Kitty adjourn to the sitting room, what does he try to give her?
(a) A love note.
(b) A drink of brandy.
(c) A comforting shawl.
(d) A small photograph of himself.

7. How many children do Charlie and Dorothy have?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 3.

8. After Kitty and Charlie consummate their affair, how does she feel?
(a) She is confused and upset at the circumstances.
(b) She is sad and distracted.
(c) She feels no different than before.
(d) She is intensely guilty.

9. When Kitty catches Walter's glance through the course of the meal, what expression does she see in his eyes?
(a) Mortal sadness.
(b) Glazed indifference.
(c) Intense anger.
(d) Haughty conceit.

10. When Walter found out about Kitty and Charlie, why didn't he break into the room and fight Charlie?
(a) He wasn't sure exactly at that time Charlie was with Kitty.
(b) Walter likes Charlie.
(c) He was afraid Charlie would beat him up.
(d) Walter says he was too proud to fight.

11. What color are Dorothy's eyes?
(a) Hazel.
(b) Brown.
(c) Blue.
(d) Green.

12. Where does Kitty meet Charlie for the first time?
(a) At a government ball.
(b) In a busy antique store in Hong Kong.
(c) At the dinner party of a mutual friend.
(d) At a dinner held at his house.

13. How old is Charlie's oldest child?
(a) 8.
(b) 15.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

14. Why did Maugham decide to change the last name of his main character in the novel?
(a) Several people with that name brought an action against Maugham.
(b) The name was misprinted in the first edition and he decided to leave it with the new spelling.
(c) He found over time he disliked the original name and it didn't fit the character.
(d) A close friend asked him to change it.

15. What is the area called where Kitty's house is?
(a) Providence Heights.
(b) The Peak.
(c) Victoria Road.
(d) Happy Valley.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Doris when she becomes engaged?

2. Why doesn't Walter like to answer questions about himself?

3. What piece of furniture does Kitty sit on throughout her discussion with Charlie at the curio shop?

4. In Chapter 5, upon returning to the sitting room, what does Kitty see?

5. What does Charlie think that Walter would do if he found out about the affair going on between himself and Kitty?

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