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. Who is Agata?

2. Who sends the telegram?

3. Why does Mary think of the handgun in her purse?

4. What does the Princess ask Mary?

5. Why doesn't Mary say anything as Karl is talking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mary call Rowley?

3. What does Mary do that causes Karl to become even more angry and what is Karl's reply?

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

5. What does Rowley point out to Mary to reassure her?

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

7. Where does Mary go and why is she relieved when she arrives there?

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

9. Describe the scene of Mary and Rowley getting rid of Karl's body.

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 4, when Karl and Mary are walking in the garden, Mary is suddenly beset with the idea of giving him the gift of a sexual encounter and they go back into the house together. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Mary has thought through the idea of having sex with Karl long enough?

2. Can a one-time, sexual encounter with a stranger be a gift? Do you think it would be something that is kind and loving to do?

3. Other than making Karl feel good for a few hours, could Mary's gift be of any long term value?

4. Do you think Karl is ungrateful to not just accept Mary's gift and willingness to be kind to a stranger?

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