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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. Who refuses to be convinced they will be going home soon?

2. Who strips to his/her underwear to retrieve the broken piece?

3. Who was a war hero whose funeral Cecilia barely remembers?

4. How old are the twins, Jackson and Pierrot?

5. What is the name of Briony's first play production that she has been feverishly preparing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is wrong with the play, according to Briony?

3. Why does Cecilia not go to the kitchen to fill up the vase with water?

4. Who are the three stragglers that are moving toward a bombed out house as they attempt to find a shortcut to the sea?

5. What has been haunting Emily lately?

6. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

7. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

8. What does Briony realize to be one of the strengths of writing for drama?

9. Where does Cecilia run off to in order to be free of her mother?

10. Who pronounces the unthinkable word, "divorce?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The letter from Robbie to Cecilia sets off a chain of events in many respects. The importance of this letter cannot be denied.

Part 1: Why does Robbie write this letter in the first place? What is he trying to achieve?

Part 2: Why does Robbie decide to write another letter that is less crude? Why would he have been so crude in the first place?

Part 3: Why is Cecilia not bothered by the crudeness of the letter she does receive? What does this say about her?

Essay Topic 2

The growing up of Briony plays into the overall plot of the story, showing the reader that while she might want to grow up, she isn't quite ready for that adult world.

Part 1: List at least three things that Briony does that shows her immaturity.

Part 2: List at least three things that Briony does that demonstrate that she is growing up in the first part of the book.

Part 3: Has Briony grown up in the second part of the book? Or is she still childish in her interactions and her reactions to Cecilia?

Essay Topic 3

Lola is the sister that does not necessarily seem that important to the story at first, but her role develops as the pages turn.

Part 1: Describe the character of Lola. What are some of the characteristics that set her apart from the others?

Part 2: What happens to Lola in the pivotal scene of violence?

Part 3: Why do you think Lola goes along with Briony's lie? Why does she not refute it?

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