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 in response to Rowley's explanation about Karl's death?

2. Where is Mary supposed to be at one o'clock?

3. What does Karl's landlady know about Karl just before his disappearance?

4. How does Rowley get to Mary's villa?

5. What does Mary realize about the gun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Rowley ask for that upsets Mary?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Karl act when Mary pulls out the gun out of her purse?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

When Edgar is working up to proposing marriage to Mary and after his proposal, he lists the advantages of such a union. Discuss the following:

1. List three criteria which you believe are essential for a good marriage. Discuss why you choose those three and then discuss if you believe Mary and Edgar's relationship possesses those qualities. Use examples from the text.

2. List three criteria which you believe make a successful marriage impossible. Discuss why you choose those three and then discuss if you believe Mary and Edgar's relationship possesses those qualities. Use examples from the text.

3. Using the three criteria which you list for both a successful marriage and those which would greatly hinder a successful marriage, argue whether or not you believe Mary and Rowley's marriage will be successful or a failure based upon the six criteria you cited.

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