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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 decide to give Karl as a gift?

2. What does the Princess ask of Mary?

3. Where is the party Mary is attending that night to be held?

4. How did Mary feel about Matthew?

5. What does Rowley ask Mary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is paradoxical about the Princess's personality?

2. What is Mary's response to Rowley's questions about Edgar and how does Rowley respond?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Mary conflicted about attending the party?

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

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

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

Maugham chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, impersonal narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. Do you think the narrator in Up at the Villa is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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