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. What was the Cote d'Azur like when Peter visited it?

2. Why can't the meter reader read the Mayles' meter?

3. Where is the heating system located?

4. Who is the Mayles' guest who is disaster-prone?

5. What was the weather like in October?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why can't the meter reader read the meter and how does Menicucci fix the problem?

3. What is the game the Mayles play at the end of July and why do they like it?

4. Describe the dinner the Mayles are invited to in November.

5. Who is Roger and what happens to him?

6. What are the effects of the night storm that hits Lubyron in August?

7. Describe the Cote d'Azur.

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

9. Describe the plan Madame Mayle has for getting the workmen back on the job to complete the work before Christmas.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Three weather conditions in Provence are introduced in the book. These conditions are: the Mistral, the snow and the rains. The book describes the affect these conditions have on the land and the people etc.

Choose one of these weather conditions which take place in Provence in the book and write an essay describing it and its affect on the land and people , the Mayles in particular.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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