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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. In how many points of view does Briony want to write about the scene she has just seen?

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

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

4. Who calls Lola and her brothers to their bath, causing the meeting with the answer to #54 to be over?

5. What kind of writer does Briony become at this point?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony do as she constructs yet another story?

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

3. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

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

5. What is Robbie thinking of as he soaks in a bathtub?

6. Why does Briony want to prepare her play to be seen by others?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the biggest themes in this manuscript is the idea of reality vs. fantasy. Briony's perspective not only yields a delightful narrative, but also disastrous consequences for other characters.

Part 1: In what way is Briony's storytelling helpful to the characters in the story?

Part 2: In what way is Briony's perspective hurtful to the characters?

Part 3: Is Briony a reliable narrator? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of imagination is one that plays out throughout this story. Many characters have dreams, while others take everyday events and turn them into fantastic stories.

Part 1: Does the introduction of imagination cause this story to be believable? In other words, can the reader trust everything he/she reads?

Part 2: Does imagination seem to create positive results or negative results? Or both?

Part 3: Describe one scene in which imagination plays a central role. What is the outcome of this situation?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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