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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. Who is Edgar Swift?
2. What does Edgar ask Mary?
3. Who prompts Nina to remind Mary?
4. What does Karl say he would like to do that night?
5. What does Rowley ask Mary?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Rowley find the handgun in Mary's purse and how does that change the conversation?
2. What does Mary point out about Rowley's reputation and what is his response?
3. How long has Mary known Edgar and what was Mary's mother's opinion of the man?
4. What does Mary say about why she marries Matthew Panton?
5. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?
6. What are the topics of conversation between Rowley and Mary?
7. What sort of arrangements does Edgar make with Ciro?
8. How does Mary end up driving Rowley to his hotel and what happens?
9. Why does Rowley propose to Mary and how does she respond?
10. What does narration say of the villa in which Mary is staying?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
Rowley isn't very favorably seen by his peers and Mary says that his biggest disgrace is that he's never had to work. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think it is harmful for someone to be "born into money"? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of such a situation?
2. What character traits of Rowley's do you think are directly or indirectly attributable to his never having to work and have all the money he needs/wants? Discuss fully using examples from the text.
3. Assuming you have not been born into the same type of situation as Rowley, do you think you would want to have been born into a very wealthy family that did not require you to earn a living? Why or why not.
4. What do you think Rowley should have been (could be) doing differently with his money that might be more positive--or is it positive enough to just want to enjoy life? Explain fully.
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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