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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Emily watch as she looks at her unused harpsichord?
2. Who jokes about having been persuaded by Emily to have a roast in Leon's honor, no matter the weather?
3. What is Robbie afraid Briony is going to mention at the dinner table?
4. When was the first time Robbie saw Cecilia after he got out of prison?
5. Who is put to bed to wait for the doctors after the attack in the yard?
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
The letter from Robbie to Cecilia sets off a chain of events in many respects. The importance of this letter cannot be denied.
Part 1: Why does Robbie write this letter in the first place? What is he trying to achieve?
Part 2: Why does Robbie decide to write another letter that is less crude? Why would he have been so crude in the first place?
Part 3: Why is Cecilia not bothered by the crudeness of the letter she does receive? What does this say about her?
Essay Topic 3
The theme of love and romance is an expected one in a novel containing a young girl who looks to her older sisters to see what "real life" will be like when she grows up.
Part 1: What does Briony think romance and love should include?
Part 2: What do you think Cecilia uses as a definition of love and romance? What does love include, according to her?
Part 3: Cite two examples of love relationships in this story. What do they have to say about the idea of love and its ability to heal and to hurt?
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