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 is Karl's major?

2. Why does Rowley ask for the gun?

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

4. How has Mary's opinion changed of Rowley?

5. What makes it easier to hide Karl's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Rowley ask for that upsets Mary?

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

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

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

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

Up at the Villa, like many, and perhaps a majority of novels, seems to end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Up at the Villa and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Up at the Villa is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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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