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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. Why is Mary Panton at the villa?

2. What did Mary know about that Matthew tried to hide?

3. What does Rowley find in her purse?

4. Who is Nina?

5. What ashamed Mary about Matthew?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to distress Mary about Matthew?

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

5. How does Edgar bring up the subject of marriage to Mary?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Mary point out about Rowley's reputation and what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rowley isn't very favorably seen by his peers and Mary says that his biggest disgrace is that he's never had to work. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think it is harmful for someone to be "born into money"? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of such a situation?

2. What character traits of Rowley's do you think are directly or indirectly attributable to his never having to work and have all the money he needs/wants? Discuss fully using examples from the text.

3. Assuming you have not been born into the same type of situation as Rowley, do you think you would want to have been born into a very wealthy family that did not require you to earn a living? Why or why not.

4. What do you think Rowley should have been (could be) doing differently with his money that might be more positive--or is it positive enough to just want to enjoy life? Explain fully.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 4, the conversation between Karl and Mary turns to age and he says that he's twenty-three. She seems wistful, saying that he has the opportunities of youth in front of him, but Karl says that he's imprisoned by poverty. He admits to having no real plans for his future and presents a picture of hopelessness. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Karl is truly "imprisoned" by poverty? Why or why not?

2. What do you think Karl could do to break out of the prison of poverty? Why do you think he is either unable or unwilling?

3. Why do you think it is so hard to move out of poverty either then or now? What do you think it takes to move from poverty to plenty or even great wealth?

4. Is your personality such that you think you would be one of the few who do manage to break out of poverty if you were very poor? Explain how you might differ from Karl.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Edgar Swift. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

2. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Karl Richter. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

3. Compare/contrast Mary as she seems early in the book and in her flashbacks to how Mary is by the end of the book. Is she the same? Different? Wiser? More or less daring? Is she likable? Why or why not?

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