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 is Rowley's parting shot at Mary?

2. What does Edgar give Ciro?

3. Of what is Colonel Trail very complimentary?

4. What does Mary decide to give Karl as a gift?

5. What happens as the party is about to end?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How long has Mary known Edgar and what was Mary's mother's opinion of the man?

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

6. How does Mary meet Karl Richter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Up at the Villa takes place in Tuscany, Italy in the late 1930s. Discuss the following:

1. Research and discuss the political setting of Italy and Europe in the late 1930s. How do you think the political situation informs the plot of Up at the Villa? Explain.

2. Discuss the lives of Mary and her social group in light of what is taking place in Europe in the late 1930s. Do you think they are unaware of the pending horror that is about to be unleashed? Do their behaviors seem superficial considering that refugees are coming into Italy (not just Karl) escaping an increasingly tyrannical Germany?

3. Do you think a novel set in Europe in this area can be successful when it ignores the dire situation in Europe? Discuss your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Up at the Villa, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (they may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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