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

2. What does Emily need to don in order to go to see Briony and to comfort her?

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

4. Which character's profession is in banking, something which is dull and uninspiring to them?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

4. What is wrong with the play, according to Briony?

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

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

7. Where does Briony imagine herself to be?

8. What does Robbie presume will happen in relation to the funding for his future schooling?

9. Why is Briony relieved when everyone leaves her alone in the nursery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The growing up of Briony plays into the overall plot of the story, showing the reader that while she might want to grow up, she isn't quite ready for that adult world.

Part 1: List at least three things that Briony does that shows her immaturity.

Part 2: List at least three things that Briony does that demonstrate that she is growing up in the first part of the book.

Part 3: Has Briony grown up in the second part of the book? Or is she still childish in her interactions and her reactions to Cecilia?

Essay Topic 2

Briony sticks to her story about Robbie and Lola, even though it's clear to the reader this might not be the right story.

Part 1: What does Briony think happened between Lola and Robbie?

Part 2: What does Lola think happened during this event?

Part 3: Why does Briony stick to her story? What might her motivations be? What might Briony gain from telling the story she tells to the police?

Essay Topic 3

Lola is the sister that does not necessarily seem that important to the story at first, but her role develops as the pages turn.

Part 1: Describe the character of Lola. What are some of the characteristics that set her apart from the others?

Part 2: What happens to Lola in the pivotal scene of violence?

Part 3: Why do you think Lola goes along with Briony's lie? Why does she not refute it?

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