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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 has Leon seen Briony doing by the lake?

2. Where does Robbie want to go, with the help of the money of Jack Tallis?

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

4. What does Marshall give to the children in this room as he is talking to them?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Cecilia puts on the pink dress, who does she think she looks like?

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

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

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

6. How does Cecilia react to Robbie's apology to her about the note?

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

8. Why is Briony relieved when everyone leaves her alone in the nursery?

9. Who are the three stragglers that are moving toward a bombed out house as they attempt to find a shortcut to the sea?

10. What does Leon have to say about England in hot weather?

Essay 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

One of the biggest themes in this manuscript is the idea of reality vs. fantasy. Briony's perspective not only yields a delightful narrative, but also disastrous consequences for other characters.

Part 1: In what way is Briony's storytelling helpful to the characters in the story?

Part 2: In what way is Briony's perspective hurtful to the characters?

Part 3: Is Briony a reliable narrator? Why or why not?

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