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 the Princess ask Mary?

2. Why does Mary tell Rowley that she has sex with Karl?

3. From what country is Karl?

4. What does the Princess say she learned from the restaurant manager?

5. What does Rowley reply to Mary's repeated thanks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Mary call Rowley?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Up at the Villa takes place in Tuscany, Italy in the late 1930s. Discuss the following:

1. Research and discuss the political setting of Italy and Europe in the late 1930s. How do you think the political situation informs the plot of Up at the Villa? Explain.

2. Discuss the lives of Mary and her social group in light of what is taking place in Europe in the late 1930s. Do you think they are unaware of the pending horror that is about to be unleashed? Do their behaviors seem superficial considering that refugees are coming into Italy (not just Karl) escaping an increasingly tyrannical Germany?

3. Do you think a novel set in Europe in this area can be successful when it ignores the dire situation in Europe? Discuss your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Mary thinks she is being good to Karl when he kills himself because of her actions. Find two other incidences of irony in Up at the Villa and discuss them.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Up at the Villa.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite three examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Up at the Villa.

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