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

2. Who refuses to be convinced they will be going home soon?

3. Where does Briony sit alone, holding the script of her first play?

4. What always stops Emily from giving her full attention to the children?

5. Who accepts full responsibility for breaking the item in #19?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony do when she has finished a piece of writing?

2. What does Briony realize to be one of the strengths of writing for drama?

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

4. What is wrong with the play, according to Briony?

5. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

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

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

8. Describe the state of Cecilia at the beginning of this section.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lola is the sister that does not necessarily seem that important to the story at first, but her role develops as the pages turn.

Part 1: Describe the character of Lola. What are some of the characteristics that set her apart from the others?

Part 2: What happens to Lola in the pivotal scene of violence?

Part 3: Why do you think Lola goes along with Briony's lie? Why does she not refute it?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of atonement is not a surprising theme, given the title of the book.

Part 1: Who is the character that decides he/she needs to atone for his/her sins?

Part 2: Why does this character feel the way he/she does?

Part 3: Do you think this character is genuine in his/her desire to make things right? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of love and romance is an expected one in a novel containing a young girl who looks to her older sisters to see what "real life" will be like when she grows up.

Part 1: What does Briony think romance and love should include?

Part 2: What do you think Cecilia uses as a definition of love and romance? What does love include, according to her?

Part 3: Cite two examples of love relationships in this story. What do they have to say about the idea of love and its ability to heal and to hurt?

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