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. What does Mary admit she came to feel?

2. Who prompts Nina to remind Mary?

3. Why does Mary have second thoughts about attending the party?

4. Where is the party Mary is attending that night to be held?

5. Why does Mary think the tip she leaves will mean a great deal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is paradoxical about the Princess's personality?

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

7. Why does Rowley propose to Mary and how does she respond?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Edgar is working up to proposing marriage to Mary and after his proposal, he lists the advantages of such a union. Discuss the following:

1. List three criteria which you believe are essential for a good marriage. Discuss why you choose those three and then discuss if you believe Mary and Edgar's relationship possesses those qualities. Use examples from the text.

2. List three criteria which you believe make a successful marriage impossible. Discuss why you choose those three and then discuss if you believe Mary and Edgar's relationship possesses those qualities. Use examples from the text.

3. Using the three criteria which you list for both a successful marriage and those which would greatly hinder a successful marriage, argue whether or not you believe Mary and Rowley's marriage will be successful or a failure based upon the six criteria you cited.

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