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 Mary say about Karl when asked?

2. What does Karl imply that Mary is?

3. What does Mary tell Karl the reason she has sex with him?

4. What is the Princess going to do about getting Karl fired?

5. Why does Rowley ask for the gun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Nina relate to Mary about what Nina learns from Agata?

7. What does Rowley ask for that upsets Mary?

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

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

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

Maugham chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, impersonal narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. Do you think the narrator in Up at the Villa is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Mary and Rowley take Karl's body and dump it in some weeds, though they really have done nothing criminally wrong. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Mary and Rowley do the best thing considering the circumstances? What could they have done differently? Is it conceivable that Mary is correct in fearing being arrested?

2. Do you think Mary is directly responsible for Karl's death? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Mary is morally responsible for Karl's death? Why or why not?

4. What do you think Mary could have done to prevent Karl from killing himself?

5. What would you have done in Mary's place when Karl first expresses his desire to see Mary again?

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