A Year in Provence Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Henriette, Faustin's wife, handy at?

2. How many bakers are listed in the yellow pages in Cavaillon?

3. What did Peter find after driving a half hour on his way to his friend's house?

4. Who is summoned to fix the washed out drive?

5. What game do the Mayles play at the end of July?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of funny incidents or sections in the book.

Part 1) Describe the incident where the English couple and their young son learn about the toilette a la Turque.

Part 2) Describe the incident where friends of the Mayles staying at a nearby hotel think they see an eagle in their wardrobe. What is it really? What does the night desk clerk give them to handle the situation when they find out they can't change their room? Do you think this is funny? What would you do if you found yourself in this situation?

Part 3) What are the "Sayings of August?" Do you think these are funny or unfortunate?

Essay Topic 2

In the book the Mayles learn any number of interesting and helpful things.

Part 1) Choose one area of expertise that the Mayles become familiar with and write an essay telling about what you learned from reading about it. For instance , the Mayles learn all about bread, olive oil and mushroom gathering.

Part 2) Choose several small , interesting things you learned in the book which might come in handy some day like how Menicucci got rid of the any colony. Write about these things in an essay.

Essay Topic 3

As has been mentioned before, there are many colorful characters among the people of Provence whom the Mayles come in contact with.

Part 1) Describe the neighbor, Massot. Is he a sympathetic character? An interesting character? What are some of the strange things he thinks and does?

Part 2) Menicucci is a character whom Peter turns to when he has a problem. Write an essay with a description of Menicucci which explains why Peter trusts him so. Mention some of the things Menicucci does for Peter in the book.

Part 3) Faustin and his wife Henriette are also important characters in the book. Describe them and their relationship to the Mayles. How do the couples interact?

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