Up at the Villa Test | Final 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 Mary angry with Rowley after he leaves?

2. What is rumored about Karl?

3. What changes Karl's life?

4. Why does Rowley wish they had left the gun with Karl?

5. What does Mary force herself to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who wakes Mary and what does Mary tell the person?

2. How does Mary feel about what Karl tells her about his life?

3. What does Rowley advise Mary to do before he leaves early that morning?

4. How does Karl end up in a concentration camp and how does he get to Italy?

5. What startles Mary soon after Karl kills himself?

6. What are Mary's thoughts as she is getting read to go to the luncheon?

7. What does the Princess learn about the violinist and what is her response?

8. What is said between Rowley and Mary about Edgar and Mary's possible marriage to him?

9. Describe Karl's life in Austria.

10. How does the altercation between Karl and Mary resolve itself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary and Rowley take Karl's body and dump it in some weeds, though they really have done nothing criminally wrong. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Mary and Rowley do the best thing considering the circumstances? What could they have done differently? Is it conceivable that Mary is correct in fearing being arrested?

2. Do you think Mary is directly responsible for Karl's death? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Mary is morally responsible for Karl's death? Why or why not?

4. What do you think Mary could have done to prevent Karl from killing himself?

5. What would you have done in Mary's place when Karl first expresses his desire to see Mary again?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book--questions that Maugham may have wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Maugham's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 8, Mary discusses her previous marriage with Matthew by saying that Matthew was charming, kind and fun until he was drinking and that even from the beginning she was distressed and ashamed of him when he went into drunken rages. Mary tells Rowley that she tried desperately to save Matthew from the drinking but that she couldn't, though sometimes they'd have horrible fights over it. Mary admits that she came to despise Matthew, knowing as she did about his secretive drinking and the affairs, but says she felt he was so dependent on her that she couldn't bring herself to end the marriage. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write a brief definition with examples of the term "co-dependent."

2. Do you think Mary is co-dependent with Matthew by the descriptions she gives of her behavior with him? Why or why not. Be sure to include specific examples to support your points.

3. In what other situations is Mary co-dependent? Be specific.

4. Do you think Mary is cured of her codependency by the end of the novel? Why or why not?

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