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 do at the end of the chapter?

2. What is Karl's major?

3. What does Mary decide she must do as soon as possible?

4. How does Mary explain sleeping so late?

5. Where is Karl sent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What startles Mary soon after Karl kills himself?

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

8. What does Rowley ask for that upsets Mary?

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

10. What does Mary rush to her dresser to find and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Edgar had been a family friend from the time of Mary's youth. She says that when she was nineteen, her mother pointed out that Edgar was in love with her and Mary had dismissed the idea, saying that Edgar - at forty-three - was "an old man." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think many marriages where there is over twenty years difference in age can be successful? Explain your answers with examples from your personal knowledge and from the text.

2. What do you think is the likelihood that marriage to Edgar would be fulfilling and happy for Mary? Give examples from the text to support your statements.

3. What do you think is the likelihood that marriage to Mary would be fulfilling and happy for Edgar? Give examples from the text to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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