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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 scoff at that has caused her older sister to leave her children?

2. Who feels that everyone is conspiring to ruin her play?

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

4. What does Cecilia see Briony doing from the window of the guest room?

5. What does Briony think is wrong about the scene she just saw between Robbie and Cecilia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cecilia's father disapprove of which she does in spite of this disapproval?

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

3. What is the explanation for the disembodied human leg that Briony thinks she sees?

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

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

6. What is Jack's response to the disappearance of the twins?

7. What is Lola's response to the letter that Robbie has written for Cecilia, as told to her by Briony?

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

9. Why does the taxi cab driver become upset with Briony as she begins her trip with him?

10. What is hanging high up in a tree above the three stragglers from the retreating British army?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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