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

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

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

4. What is the problem, Briony finally decides, in regards to the play she wants to stage?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the name of the play Briony has been trying to prepare for a few days?

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

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

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

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

6. Who does Emily trust to take care of things around the house while she tries to rest?

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

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

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

10. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The growing up of Briony plays into the overall plot of the story, showing the reader that while she might want to grow up, she isn't quite ready for that adult world.

Part 1: List at least three things that Briony does that shows her immaturity.

Part 2: List at least three things that Briony does that demonstrate that she is growing up in the first part of the book.

Part 3: Has Briony grown up in the second part of the book? Or is she still childish in her interactions and her reactions to Cecilia?

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