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 is Lola's relation to Briony?

2. What breaks when Robbie and Cecilia argue over who will help with filling it?

3. Who is no longer the horsy sister, according to Robbie and his daydreams?

4. What is also attacked for wasting Briony's time, as she criticizes herself?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lola embarrassed by Marshall?

2. What does Briony do as she constructs yet another story?

3. What causes Cecilia to stop fixing the vase?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ending of Atonement is one that can be confusing to the reader, as Briony is the one telling the tale.

Part 1: What are the two endings to the story of Atonement?

Part 2: Which ending seems to be "real" in terms of the storytelling? Which one is more believable?

Part 3: What do you think happens to Cecilia and Robbie at the end of this 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 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?

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