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. At what has Edgar proven himself?

2. Who is Princess San Ferdinanado?

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

4. Why couldn't Mary end the marriage?

5. How did Mary feel about Matthew?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rowley advise Mary to do before he leaves early that morning?

3. How does Edgar bring up his marriage proposal to Mary and what does he say about it?

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

5. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?

6. Describe Karl's life in Austria.

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

8. What are Mary's thoughts as she is getting read to go to the luncheon?

9. What does Mary think about Rowley?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Up at the Villa, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (they may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? 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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