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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. Who does Emily think will be hindered in her search for a husband because of her education level?

2. When Briony's fantasy fades, the difficult _________ occurs.

3. Briony often wonders if others think about life's _________ as much as she does.

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

5. What is Briony angrily slashing as she constructs a new story for the arrival of her brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony do as she constructs yet another story?

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

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

4. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Robbie presume will happen in relation to the funding for his future schooling?

10. What is Briony's reaction to her big brother when he approaches her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The theme of imagination is one that plays out throughout this story. Many characters have dreams, while others take everyday events and turn them into fantastic stories.

Part 1: Does the introduction of imagination cause this story to be believable? In other words, can the reader trust everything he/she reads?

Part 2: Does imagination seem to create positive results or negative results? Or both?

Part 3: Describe one scene in which imagination plays a central role. What is the outcome of this situation?

Essay Topic 3

The library scene between Robbie and Cecilia is one that can shock readers, while also causing them to learn more about these two characters and their feelings for each other.

Part 1: Why do you think this scene was narrated by Robbie instead of Cecilia?

Part 2: How did you feel about Robbie before the scene? After the scene?

Part 3: How does this scene show the true feelings between these two characters?

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