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 is Karl doing after Mary and he have sex?

2. Why does Mary call Rowley for help?

3. What does Karl do when Mary pulls out her gun?

4. What is Karl's major?

5. What is Rowley's first inclination when he sees Karl's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the first way Rowley suggests they handle the situation and what is Mary's response?

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

7. Why does Mary call Rowley?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Titles are thought to be very important in both giving the reader a clue about the story and enticing one to read a book. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think Up at the Villa is the chosen title for this novel?

2. Do you think this title would entice you to read this novel? Why or why not?

3. Do you think this rather nondescript title reflects the story it heralds? Explain your response using examples from the book.

4. If you had to title this novel in order to encourage more readers, what would you name it and why?

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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