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. How does Rowley reassure Mary?

2. What does Nina tell Mary as Mary is about to leave?

3. Who comes to ask about the gunshot?

4. What does Rowley insist that Mary do?

5. What does Mary say about Karl when asked?

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

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

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

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

7. What startles Mary soon after Karl kills himself?

8. What does Rowley ask for that upsets Mary?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Up at the Villa, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (they may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Though Mary is fully an adult in her early thirties and has had an abusive marriage, she is still rather naive, though she seems to mature and become more of an adult by the end of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Mary as she changes from a rather naive woman to a sadder, but wiser, woman. What are the significant events in this brief week that change Mary?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Mary's growth, do you think Up at the Villa could be considered Mary's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Up at the Villa who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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