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

2. How many strokes of nettles does it take for Briony to be free of her show-off years and reliance on her mother's good opinion?

3. Briony often wonders if others think about life's _________ as much as she does.

4. What does Briony rip in half when she enters the room where Cecilia is sitting?

5. Who accepts full responsibility for breaking the item in #19?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony realize to be one of the strengths of writing for drama?

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

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

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

5. What is Briony's reaction to her big brother when he approaches her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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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