Up at the Villa Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Nina?

2. What ashamed Mary about Matthew?

3. What position does Mary believe Edgar might be offered?

4. Of what is Rowley concerned?

5. How does Mary describe how Matthew was at first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does narration say of the villa in which Mary is staying?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?

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

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

Up at the Villa, like many, and perhaps a majority of novels, seems to end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Up at the Villa and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Up at the Villa is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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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