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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. From what does Mary try to save Matthew?

2. What does Edgar give Ciro?

3. Why is Edgar visiting?

4. Where does Rowley suggest Mary and he go that night?

5. About what did Mary and Matthew fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?

2. What does Mary say about why she marries Matthew Panton?

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

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

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

6. What is paradoxical about the Princess's personality?

7. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?

8. What does Mary think about Edgar's job prospects?

9. What happens to distress Mary about Matthew?

10. How has Mary been spending her time lately and what bearing does that have to do with Mary being at the villa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plots are sometimes said to be either character-driven or action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think Up at the Villa is more character-driven or action-driven? Explain.

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Up at the Villa, if compared to twenty-first century's social mores. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that day from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Up at the Villa would be different if it were set in the United States of America in that same era? Consider particularly class issues.

3. What issues that are present in the time of Up at the Villa would still be issues today? What would no longer be issues? Consider such things as class, women's roles, sexual freedom, propriety and manners, and integrity.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Mary thinks she is being good to Karl when he kills himself because of her actions. Find two other incidences of irony in Up at the Villa and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Up at the Villa.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite three examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Up at the Villa.

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