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. Whose passing into adulthood is Emily mourning in this section of the book?

2. What is Briony freed from when she writes a play, much to her delight?

3. Which character's profession is in banking, something which is dull and uninspiring to them?

4. How old are the twins, Jackson and Pierrot?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

7. Who pronounces the unthinkable word, "divorce?"

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

9. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

10. Why does Emily retreat to her bedroom each and every day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The growing up of Briony plays into the overall plot of the story, showing the reader that while she might want to grow up, she isn't quite ready for that adult world.

Part 1: List at least three things that Briony does that shows her immaturity.

Part 2: List at least three things that Briony does that demonstrate that she is growing up in the first part of the book.

Part 3: Has Briony grown up in the second part of the book? Or is she still childish in her interactions and her reactions to Cecilia?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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