Atonement Test | Mid-Book 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 is it that Cecilia feels satisfied that is undetectable?

2. At what age does Briony write her first short story, allowing for the beginning of her life's writing escapades?

3. Whose passing into adulthood is Emily mourning in this section of the book?

4. What is Briony freed from when she writes a play, much to her delight?

5. What breaks when Robbie and Cecilia argue over who will help with filling it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cecilia's father disapprove of which she does in spite of this disapproval?

2. Who does Emily trust to take care of things around the house while she tries to rest?

3. What does Cecilia try to do in order to recover the appearance of the vase?

4. What does Emily think will prevent Cecilia from finding a husband?

5. What does Lola see through the window of an unused bedroom?

6. Why is Briony relieved when everyone leaves her alone in the nursery?

7. What does Cecilia do in order to brighten up the guestroom for Paul Marshall, a friend of her brother's?

8. Why does Emily retreat to her bedroom each and every day?

9. What is Briony's reaction to her big brother when he approaches her?

10. For what does Robbie type a letter to Cecilia as an apology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While it seems this story is one about people, the setting also has something to tell the reader in terms of the characters' behaviors and their interactions.

Part 1: Describe the setting of the story in the first part of the book.

Part 2: Describe the setting in the "1999" section of the book.

Part 3: What does the setting seem to say about the Tallis family? What is the overall mood from start to finish in this setting?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of a letter becomes an important plot point at several times in this story.

Part 1: List three instances in which a letter delivers an important message.

Part 2: Are there any instances in which a letter is used for a positive purpose? What are they?

Part 3: In today's times, could these messages be delivered by e-mail? Or is the structure of the letter crucial to its value and its worth? Does the actual format of the letter add to the meaning?

Essay Topic 3

The ending of Atonement is one that can be confusing to the reader, as Briony is the one telling the tale.

Part 1: What are the two endings to the story of Atonement?

Part 2: Which ending seems to be "real" in terms of the storytelling? Which one is more believable?

Part 3: What do you think happens to Cecilia and Robbie at the end of this story?

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