A Year in Provence 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. The Mayles are surprised at the French fondness for what?

2. What surprise gift do the Mayles receive?

3. What were the merchants Peter encountered on his visit to this friend like?

4. Who helps Peter stock his wine cellar?

5. Where are the grapes weighed and tested for alcoholic content?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the rusty contraption Peter finds at the edge of the vineyard.

2. What were some of the "August Sayings" of visitors to Provence?

3. Describe the man Peter meets in the forest.

4. What does Menicucci do at the Mayles house in August?

5. How do the Mayles learn about bread?

6. Describe the woman who advises the Mayles about olive oil.

7. What does Faustin advise the Mayles to do and why?

8. Why did the grapes on the Mayles' land have to be picked?

9. How do the men of Provence prepare for hunting season?

10. Who is Roger and what happens to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose the character in the book you like the least. Who is that character? What is his or her name? Describe his or her appearance if that is given. Describe his or her personality and character. Is this person important to the book or the Mayles? In what way? Why don't you like that character?

Essay Topic 2

There are many colorful and interesting characters in the book. Three of them are Faustin, Menicucci and Massot. Write an essay on one of these three characters. Describe the character. What is characteristic of this character? Describe the character's physical appearance if it was important in the book. Describe his personality or character traits. Why do you find this character interesting? Why is this character important to Peter Mayle?

Essay Topic 3

Time and time again throughout the book you can see how Peter and his wife treat the people of Provence: their neighbors, the workmen they hire , the people they meet in the village etc. Write an essay describing the way the Mayles view and treat the people they come in contact with in Provence. Do you think they have chosen a good approach to getting to know the people in Provence? Would you do likewise if you were to spend a year in Provence? If not, what would you do that would be different? Do you think the Mayles' friendly interaction with the people they come in contact with has the greatest impact on how they view their year in Provence? If not, what other thing is more important?

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