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. What university do Cecilia and Robbie both attend?

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

3. Who does Briony refuse to acknowledge when they come upon her at the bridge?

4. Who comes to the doorway of Lola and her brothers to introduce themselves?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the state of Cecilia at the beginning of this section.

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

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

8. What are some of the things that Robbie's tiny office contains?

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

10. What is Robbie thinking of as he soaks in a bathtub?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The men of the story seem to play more of a background role, even though they are an integral part of the action.

Part 1: Describe the role of Leon. Who is he and what does he provide for the story?

Part 2: Describe the character of Paul Marshall. Who is he and what does he bring to the story?

Part 3: Describe the character of Robbie. Who is he and what does he bring to the story?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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