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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 comes to the doorway of Lola and her brothers to introduce themselves?

2. Who does Robbie ask to bring the note to Cecilia instead of bringing it to her himself?

3. What does Cecilia see Briony doing from the window of the guest room?

4. To what age does Robbie's imagination take him as he is thinking about his and Cecilia's future?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

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

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. What is Robbie thinking of as he soaks in a bathtub?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The men of the story seem to play more of a background role, even though they are an integral part of the action.

Part 1: Describe the role of Leon. Who is he and what does he provide for the story?

Part 2: Describe the character of Paul Marshall. Who is he and what does he bring to the story?

Part 3: Describe the character of Robbie. Who is he and what does he bring to the story?

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

The character of Cecilia is one that seems a bit complicated to the reader and to the actual story's movement.

Part 1: Describe the character of Cecilia.

Part 2: Is Cecilia as grown up as she seems to be? Why or why not? Does Cecilia feel she is the adult everyone believes her to be?

Part 3: How is Cecilia affected by the loss of Robbie and by the story of Briony?

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