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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. 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

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 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Up at the Villa based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Up at the Villa is a successful novel.

3. Is Up at the Villa a novel you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a novel be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

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