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. Which army is retreating during the course of this chapter, although it is euphemistically referred to as making strategic withdrawals t more previously prepared positions?

2. Where do Leon and Cecilia walk to as they are talking to each other?

3. Cecilia tell Robbie that she has been ______ with him and with herself all day.

4. What does Briony think of Robbie's letter to Cecilia? What does she think Cecilia is as a result?

5. Who treats the inspectors in a condescending manner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Betty furious with Emily?

2. Who enters the library and catches Robbie and Cecilia?

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

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

5. What does Briony picture has happened to the twins?

6. How does Briony escape Cecelia's questioning?

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

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

9. What does Robbie have to say about the letter that he wrote to Cecilia?

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

Violence also plays a major role in this story, causing characters to be misconstrued and causing characters to create their own explanations.

Part 1: Describe the scene between Robbie and Cecilia which is seen as violence in Briony's eyes.

Part 2: Why do you think Briony mistook this scene for violence?

Part 3: What does the assumption of violence or negative actions (as in when Lola agrees with Briony's assessment of the letter) say about these characters? Why are they so sensitive to the possibility of violence?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of atonement is not a surprising theme, given the title of the book.

Part 1: Who is the character that decides he/she needs to atone for his/her sins?

Part 2: Why does this character feel the way he/she does?

Part 3: Do you think this character is genuine in his/her desire to make things right? Why or why not?

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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