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. Where does Briony imagine herself to be, as an expert at slashing the nettles in the yard?

2. What does the person in #80 end up doing in response to Briony's refusal to acknowledge them?

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

4. What does Cecilia carry up to the guest room?

5. From the window in what room does Lola notice Briony, as answered in question #49?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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