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 learn when Edgar arrives?

2. Why does Rowley propose to Mary?

3. What does Rowley find in her purse?

4. How long has Mary known Edgar?

5. What does Edgar want Mary to carry with her to Florence?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mary end up driving Rowley to his hotel and what happens?

2. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?

3. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?

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

5. How does Karl present himself?

6. Why does the Princess choose the restaurant they are at for the party and how is she disappointed?

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

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

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

10. How does Mary begin to respond to Matthew's drinking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Up at the Villa, if compared to twenty-first century's social mores. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that day from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Up at the Villa would be different if it were set in the United States of America in that same era? Consider particularly class issues.

3. What issues that are present in the time of Up at the Villa would still be issues today? What would no longer be issues? Consider such things as class, women's roles, sexual freedom, propriety and manners, and integrity.

Essay Topic 3

Plots are sometimes said to be either character-driven or action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think Up at the Villa is more character-driven or action-driven? Explain.

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

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