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. How does Mary explain the sound Nina heard?

2. Why does Mary call Rowley for help?

3. What does Mary say about Karl when asked?

4. Who awakens Mary the next day after Karl's death?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mary call Rowley?

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

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

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

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

7. What startles Mary soon after Karl kills himself?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book--questions that Maugham may have wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Maugham's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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