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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 make sure the children have done before she retreats?

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

3. Who is the older sister of Emily that she describes as precocious and scheming?

4. What does Briony think she should have done for her brother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

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

5. What does Briony imagine is happening when she sees Robbie and Cecilia are out at the fountain?

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

7. What do the children do in response to Emily because her illness stops Emily from giving her children a mother's attention?

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

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

10. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Violence also plays a major role in this story, causing characters to be misconstrued and causing characters to create their own explanations.

Part 1: Describe the scene between Robbie and Cecilia which is seen as violence in Briony's eyes.

Part 2: Why do you think Briony mistook this scene for violence?

Part 3: What does the assumption of violence or negative actions (as in when Lola agrees with Briony's assessment of the letter) say about these characters? Why are they so sensitive to the possibility of violence?

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