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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. Which member of the Tallis family is coming home, hence Briony's preoccupation with writing the play for this particular person's celebration?

2. Where does Lola see Briony, thus realizing that the play is dead?

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

4. What is wrong, according to the dictionary, and according to Briony's discovery in that dictionary?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What do the children do in response to Emily because her illness stops Emily from giving her children a mother's attention?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 ending of Atonement is one that can be confusing to the reader, as Briony is the one telling the tale.

Part 1: What are the two endings to the story of Atonement?

Part 2: Which ending seems to be "real" in terms of the storytelling? Which one is more believable?

Part 3: What do you think happens to Cecilia and Robbie at the end of this story?

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