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. What is Jack actually doing when he calls up with the answer to #136?

2. The first line of Briony's story used to be: "there was an/a __________ who _________."

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

4. What is the color of the first dress Cecilia chooses that she believes makes her look like Shirley Temple?

5. Who is the 'tiresome little prima donna?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emily think her husband will do soon?

2. What is Lola's response to the letter that Robbie has written for Cecilia, as told to her by Briony?

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

4. What does Leon have to say about England in hot weather?

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

6. Why is Briony the one who is left with the adults to tell the story?

7. How does Briony escape Cecelia's questioning?

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

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

10. What is the explanation for the disembodied human leg that Briony thinks she sees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The theme of imagination is one that plays out throughout this story. Many characters have dreams, while others take everyday events and turn them into fantastic stories.

Part 1: Does the introduction of imagination cause this story to be believable? In other words, can the reader trust everything he/she reads?

Part 2: Does imagination seem to create positive results or negative results? Or both?

Part 3: Describe one scene in which imagination plays a central role. What is the outcome of this situation?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of a letter becomes an important plot point at several times in this story.

Part 1: List three instances in which a letter delivers an important message.

Part 2: Are there any instances in which a letter is used for a positive purpose? What are they?

Part 3: In today's times, could these messages be delivered by e-mail? Or is the structure of the letter crucial to its value and its worth? Does the actual format of the letter add to the meaning?

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