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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. Where does Briony want to hold the practice for the play at the start of this novel?

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

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

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

5. Where does Briony see Robbie and Cecilia talking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

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

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

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

6. Why does Emily retreat to her bedroom each and every day?

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

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

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

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

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

Violence also plays a major role in this story, causing characters to be misconstrued and causing characters to create their own explanations.

Part 1: Describe the scene between Robbie and Cecilia which is seen as violence in Briony's eyes.

Part 2: Why do you think Briony mistook this scene for violence?

Part 3: What does the assumption of violence or negative actions (as in when Lola agrees with Briony's assessment of the letter) say about these characters? Why are they so sensitive to the possibility of violence?

Essay Topic 3

Lies seem to be pervasive in this story, but they seem to be taken as truths or at least ignored for the sake of those involved.

Part 1: What is the lie that Mr. Tallis tells again and again?

Part 2: Why does Emily believe her husband's stories, or at least, why does she live with the lies?

Part 3: What are other lies that are told in this story, other than the one Briony tells about Robbie and Lola? What do these lies do to the characters and to the action of the story?

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