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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 does Briony think Robbie is asking Cecilia to do?

2. Who does Briony refuse to acknowledge when they come upon her at the bridge?

3. Briony often wonders if others think about life's _________ as much as she does.

4. What is also attacked for wasting Briony's time, as she criticizes herself?

5. Robbie's mother, __________, is a woman whose services are greatly valued by the Tallis family.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony decide about the letter that Robbie has written to Cecilia?

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

3. What does Emily think about the disappearance of the twins?

4. How does Briony reveal her true self within this section?

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

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

7. Why is Briony the one who is left with the adults to tell the story?

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

9. Why does the taxi cab driver become upset with Briony as she begins her trip with him?

10. What is the celebration that Briony writes about in this final section?

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

The vase becomes a symbolic item in this story, with its glorious return to the family, then its breaking, repair, and then eventual demise.

Part 1: What is the story of the vase's return to the family?

Part 2: How does the vase become broken in the first place?

Part 3: What does the breaking and repair of the case seem to symbolize in relation to the relationship between Robbie and Cecilia?

Essay Topic 3

The tragedy of Briony becomes all the more disturbing when the reader finds out she has an illness at the end of the story.

Part 1: What is the illness of Briony at the end of this book?

Part 2: What does this illness seem to say about the idea of memories?

Part 3: What might this illness be symbolic of within the context of the story? In other words, what might this illness seem to say about the idea of memory and about holding onto one's memories?

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