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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. Why does Emily retreat to her bedroom every afternoon?

2. Who does Emily count on to care for the guests when they arrive, which calms Emily and allows her to sleep?

3. What does Emily make sure the children have done before she retreats?

4. What does Lola not want the answer to #54 to talk about around her brothers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

3. What does Briony imagine is happening when she sees Robbie and Cecilia are out at the fountain?

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

5. What does Robbie presume will happen in relation to the funding for his future schooling?

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

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

8. What do the children do in response to Emily because her illness stops Emily from giving her children a mother's attention?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of love and romance is an expected one in a novel containing a young girl who looks to her older sisters to see what "real life" will be like when she grows up.

Part 1: What does Briony think romance and love should include?

Part 2: What do you think Cecilia uses as a definition of love and romance? What does love include, according to her?

Part 3: Cite two examples of love relationships in this story. What do they have to say about the idea of love and its ability to heal and to hurt?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Briony sticks to her story about Robbie and Lola, even though it's clear to the reader this might not be the right story.

Part 1: What does Briony think happened between Lola and Robbie?

Part 2: What does Lola think happened during this event?

Part 3: Why does Briony stick to her story? What might her motivations be? What might Briony gain from telling the story she tells to the police?

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