A Year in Provence Test | Lesson Plans 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

One of the only tourist locations the Mayles visit during their year in Provence is Aix.

Part 1) Describe the main street of Aix in detail.

Part 2) Describe the social behavior of the students in the cafes of Aix. How are their actions a bit silly. Do you think they are superficial and vain? Do you think they ever study? How do they differ from what you know about American college students? How are they the same?

Part 3) Describe the shops the Mayles visit in Aix and the restaurant they choose to dine at.

Essay Topic 2

Early in the book the Mayles experience the Mistral.

Part 1) What is the Mistral? Where does it come from? Why is it important in the book? It appears twice in the book. Write a short description of the two different appearances of the Mistral.

Part 2) What are some of the effects on people and animals attributed to the Mistral in the book? How is the Mayles' house affected by the Mistral?

Part 3) Monsieur Menicucci has a theory about why the last three winters in Provence have been colder because of a change in the Mistral. Explain his theory. Does it seem

plausible to you?

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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