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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 Mary know about that Matthew tried to hide?

2. Why is Rowley Flint invited to the party?

3. About what did Mary and Matthew fight?

4. What does Nina remind Mary to do?

5. Why is Mary Panton at the villa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to distress Mary about Matthew?

2. What is Mary's response to Rowley's questions about Edgar and how does Rowley respond?

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

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

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

6. What is surprising about Mary's response to Edgar's proposal?

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

8. How long has Mary known Edgar and what was Mary's mother's opinion of the man?

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

10. How does Mary end up driving Rowley to his hotel and what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book--questions that Maugham may have wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Maugham's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Though Mary is fully an adult in her early thirties and has had an abusive marriage, she is still rather naive, though she seems to mature and become more of an adult by the end of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Mary as she changes from a rather naive woman to a sadder, but wiser, woman. What are the significant events in this brief week that change Mary?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Mary's growth, do you think Up at the Villa could be considered Mary's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Up at the Villa who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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