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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. For what is the Princess known?

2. What did Mary's mother point out to Mary when Mary was 19?

3. What does Mary say she would give Rowley if she could?

4. What does Mary learn from her lawyer?

5. What is Rowley's parting shot at Mary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the situation between Mary and Karl start to deteriorate?

2. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?

3. Where does Mary go and why is she relieved when she arrives there?

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

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

6. Describe the scene of Mary and Rowley getting rid of Karl's body.

7. What are the topics of conversation between Rowley and Mary?

8. What does Nina relate to Mary about what Nina learns from Agata?

9. What does Rowley point out to Mary to reassure her?

10. What startles Mary soon after Karl kills himself?

Essay 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

In chapter 8, Mary discusses her previous marriage with Matthew by saying that Matthew was charming, kind and fun until he was drinking and that even from the beginning she was distressed and ashamed of him when he went into drunken rages. Mary tells Rowley that she tried desperately to save Matthew from the drinking but that she couldn't, though sometimes they'd have horrible fights over it. Mary admits that she came to despise Matthew, knowing as she did about his secretive drinking and the affairs, but says she felt he was so dependent on her that she couldn't bring herself to end the marriage. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write a brief definition with examples of the term "co-dependent."

2. Do you think Mary is co-dependent with Matthew by the descriptions she gives of her behavior with him? Why or why not. Be sure to include specific examples to support your points.

3. In what other situations is Mary co-dependent? Be specific.

4. Do you think Mary is cured of her codependency by the end of the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Maugham chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, impersonal narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. Do you think the narrator in Up at the Villa is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

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