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 else does Mary have to consider about Karl's death?

2. What does the Princess ask Mary?

3. What is Rowley's suggestion since Mary doesn't want to call the police?

4. What is Mary's first instinct to do about Karl?

5. What does Mary say that further angers Karl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Karl's life in Austria.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Up at the Villa based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Up at the Villa is a successful novel.

3. Is Up at the Villa a novel you would recommend to a friend? Why or why not? Explain.

4. Can a novel be successful and yet many readers not enjoy it? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Edgar Swift. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

2. Compare/contrast Rowley Flint with Karl Richter. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not?

3. Compare/contrast Mary as she seems early in the book and in her flashbacks to how Mary is by the end of the book. Is she the same? Different? Wiser? More or less daring? Is she likable? Why or why not?

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