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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. While Briony is sick of being outdoors, she is not ready to ________.

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

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

4. What is the problem, Briony finally decides, in regards to the play she wants to stage?

5. Why does Emily retreat to her bedroom every afternoon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

3. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

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

5. Why does Robbie think he should have turned down Leon's invitation to dinner?

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

7. What mystery does Briony begin to contemplate as she is looking at her hand?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fountain scene between Robbie and Cecilia is one that begins to turn Briony's attention to darker perceptions of the two characters.

Part 1: Describe what actually happens at the fountain between Robbie and Cecilia.

Part 2: Describe what Briony perceives to have happened during this conversation between the two.

Part 3: Why do you think Cecilia reacted in the scene the way she did? What does this seem to say to Briony?

Essay Topic 2

Emily Tallis is a fascinating creature who evokes pity and anger from readers who "meet" her.

Part 1: Describe the character of Emily Tallis.

Part 2: What do Emily's children think of her as a mother and as a person?

Part 3: Why do you think Emily Tallis suffers from illnesses so much? Is it purely physical or might it be psychological?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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