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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. Of what is Rowley concerned?
2. What does Rowley find in her purse?
3. What does Edgar want Mary to carry with her to Florence?
4. How long has Mary known Edgar?
5. What does the Princess ask of Mary?
Short Essay Questions
1. What sort of arrangements does Edgar make with Ciro?
2. What does Mary think of the Princess' comments on marriage to Edgar?
3. How does Mary begin to respond to Matthew's drinking?
4. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?
5. What does Mary say about why she marries Matthew Panton?
6. How does Karl present himself?
7. What happens to distress Mary about Matthew?
8. What does the Colonel think of Edgar's prospects in his career?
9. What are the topics of conversation between Rowley and Mary?
10. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In chapter 4, when Karl and Mary are walking in the garden, Mary is suddenly beset with the idea of giving him the gift of a sexual encounter and they go back into the house together. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think Mary has thought through the idea of having sex with Karl long enough?
2. Can a one-time, sexual encounter with a stranger be a gift? Do you think it would be something that is kind and loving to do?
3. Other than making Karl feel good for a few hours, could Mary's gift be of any long term value?
4. Do you think Karl is ungrateful to not just accept Mary's gift and willingness to be kind to a stranger?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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