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. What does Mary realize about the gun?

2. Why does Mary call Rowley for help?

3. Why does Mary decide she will tell Edgar the truth about her and Karl?

4. What does Mary look for as soon as Nina leaves the bedroom?

5. Why doesn't Mary think it would be wise to call the police?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mary think about Rowley?

2. What does Mary rush to her dresser to find and why?

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

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

5. How does the situation between Mary and Karl start to deteriorate?

6. How does Karl act when Mary pulls out the gun out of her purse?

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

8. What does Nina relate to Mary about what Nina learns from Agata?

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

10. What does the Princess say about the party from the previous evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Plots are sometimes said to be either character-driven or action-driven. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think Up at the Villa is more character-driven or action-driven? Explain.

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

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