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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

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 3

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?

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