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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. How did Mary feel about Matthew?

2. Who owns the villa?

3. About what do Mary and Rowley speak at length?

4. What does Rowley believe about Mary as far as Edgar is concerned?

5. What is the amount most people give the entertainer?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rowley find the handgun in Mary's purse and how does that change the conversation?

2. How does Karl present himself?

3. Why does the Princess choose the restaurant they are at for the party and how is she disappointed?

4. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?

5. What is passed around at the end of the party and what does Mary do?

6. How does Mary begin to respond to Matthew's drinking?

7. What sort of arrangements does Edgar make with Ciro?

8. What does Mary think of the Princess' comments on marriage to Edgar?

9. Why does Rowley propose to Mary and how does she respond?

10. What does the Colonel think of Edgar's prospects in his career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles are thought to be very important in both giving the reader a clue about the story and enticing one to read a book. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Up at the Villa is the chosen title for this novel?

2. Do you think this title would entice you to read this novel? Why or why not?

3. Do you think this rather nondescript title reflects the story it heralds? Explain your response using examples from the book.

4. If you had to title this novel in order to encourage more readers, what would you name it and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Up at the Villa, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (they may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Up at the Villa takes place in Tuscany, Italy in the late 1930s. Discuss the following:

1. Research and discuss the political setting of Italy and Europe in the late 1930s. How do you think the political situation informs the plot of Up at the Villa? Explain.

2. Discuss the lives of Mary and her social group in light of what is taking place in Europe in the late 1930s. Do you think they are unaware of the pending horror that is about to be unleashed? Do their behaviors seem superficial considering that refugees are coming into Italy (not just Karl) escaping an increasingly tyrannical Germany?

3. Do you think a novel set in Europe in this area can be successful when it ignores the dire situation in Europe? Discuss your answer.

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