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. Why is Edgar visiting?

2. Where does Rowley suggest Mary and he go that night?

3. Who is Edgar Swift?

4. Why does Mary say about Matthew Panton?

5. What does Nina remind Mary to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mary think of the Princess' comments on marriage to Edgar?

2. What does the Colonel think of Edgar's prospects in his career?

3. Why does Rowley propose to Mary and how does she respond?

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

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

6. What does narration say of the villa in which Mary is staying?

7. What happens to distress Mary about Matthew?

8. What are the topics of conversation between Rowley and Mary?

9. What is passed around at the end of the party and what does Mary do?

10. How does Rowley find the handgun in Mary's purse and how does that change the conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Edgar Swift. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

2. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Karl Richter. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

3. Compare/contrast Mary as she seems early in the book and in her flashbacks to how Mary is by the end of the book. Is she the same? Different? Wiser? More or less daring? Is she likable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Mary thinks she is being good to Karl when he kills himself because of her actions. Find two other incidences of irony in Up at the Villa and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Up at the Villa.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite three examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Up at the Villa.

Essay Topic 3

W. Somerset Maugham was quite a prolific writer and lead a somewhat unconventional life for the times. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay about the life of W. Somerset Maugham.

2. In what ways do Maugham's beliefs seem to be reflected in Up at the Villa?

3. Do you think Maugham is more like Swift or Flint? Explain your answer with examples from your research and the text.

4. How much of an author's personality do you think is reflected in his/her writing? Can an author keep him/herself completely out of the text? Why or why not.

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