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

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

3. About what subject is the book from the library that Robbie borrowed days before?

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

5. Where does Robbie want to go, with the help of the money of Jack Tallis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has fallen into disrepair, according to the narrative in this section?

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

4. What does Briony think she should have done for her brother, Leon's, return?

5. What is the name of the play Briony has been trying to prepare for a few days?

6. What does Lola ask of Marshall in as grown-up a manner as she can muster?

7. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

8. What does Briony do when she has finished a piece of writing?

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

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

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 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 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?

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