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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Up at the Villa, like many, and perhaps a majority of novels, seems to end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Up at the Villa and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Up at the Villa is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

In chapter 4, the conversation between Karl and Mary turns to age and he says that he's twenty-three. She seems wistful, saying that he has the opportunities of youth in front of him, but Karl says that he's imprisoned by poverty. He admits to having no real plans for his future and presents a picture of hopelessness. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Karl is truly "imprisoned" by poverty? Why or why not?

2. What do you think Karl could do to break out of the prison of poverty? Why do you think he is either unable or unwilling?

3. Why do you think it is so hard to move out of poverty either then or now? What do you think it takes to move from poverty to plenty or even great wealth?

4. Is your personality such that you think you would be one of the few who do manage to break out of poverty if you were very poor? Explain how you might differ from Karl.

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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