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. What does Emily want to turn the roast into for Leon's arrival?

2. What does Emily make sure the children have done before she retreats?

3. What does Lola not want the answer to #54 to talk about around her brothers?

4. What does Lola laugh with when she is called to her bath time with her brothers?

5. In what building of the Tallis estate does Robbie sit in a bathtub to soak?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

5. Where does Briony imagine herself to be?

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

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

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

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The tragedy of Briony becomes all the more disturbing when the reader finds out she has an illness at the end of the story.

Part 1: What is the illness of Briony at the end of this book?

Part 2: What does this illness seem to say about the idea of memories?

Part 3: What might this illness be symbolic of within the context of the story? In other words, what might this illness seem to say about the idea of memory and about holding onto one's memories?

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