A Year in Provence Test | 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

Peter travels to the Cote D'Azur to visit his friend in one chapter.

Part 1) Describe the Cote D'Azur in detail.

Part 2 ) List the things about the Cote d'Azur that you find ugly, negative or repellent.

Part 3) Compare the region of Provence where Peter lives with the Cote d'Azur he sees on his trip to visit his friend.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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