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?
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.
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.
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.
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