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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. About what subject is the book from the library that Robbie borrowed days before?

2. Where does Briony decide she will wait until some real event takes place?

3. What play does the answer to #54 talk about with Lola?

4. Who does Cecilia want to avoid in the kitchen, causing her to have to go to the fountain for water?

5. How many days has Briony spent preparing her first play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. For what does Robbie type a letter to Cecilia as an apology?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Briony sticks to her story about Robbie and Lola, even though it's clear to the reader this might not be the right story.

Part 1: What does Briony think happened between Lola and Robbie?

Part 2: What does Lola think happened during this event?

Part 3: Why does Briony stick to her story? What might her motivations be? What might Briony gain from telling the story she tells to the police?

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