Atonement Test | Final 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. Who is put to bed to wait for the doctors after the attack in the yard?

2. Who is Briony comforted to know is with her sister Cecilia as they are searching for the twins?

3. Who do the twins blame for having to be in the house of the Tallis family?

4. Who does the answer to #151 say that she saw?

5. What is the color of the dress Cecilia finally chooses to wear to dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the three stragglers that are moving toward a bombed out house as they attempt to find a shortcut to the sea?

2. How does Briony reveal her true self within this section?

3. Where does Cecilia run off to in order to be free of her mother?

4. Who interrupts Briony as she is trying to write a new story?

5. How does Briony escape Cecelia's questioning?

6. What does Emily think about the disappearance of the twins?

7. When Cecilia puts on the pink dress, who does she think she looks like?

8. What is Cecilia doing in response to the attack?

9. What is hanging high up in a tree above the three stragglers from the retreating British army?

10. How does Cecilia react to Robbie's apology to her about the note?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 tragedy of Briony becomes all the more disturbing when the reader finds out she has an illness at the end of the story.

Part 1: What is the illness of Briony at the end of this book?

Part 2: What does this illness seem to say about the idea of memories?

Part 3: What might this illness be symbolic of within the context of the story? In other words, what might this illness seem to say about the idea of memory and about holding onto one's memories?

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