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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. Who casts themselves as the protector of Cecilia as they see Cecilia going into the library with Robbie?

3. What does Briony think she sees through the windows?

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

5. Where is Robbie injured according to the opening of this second of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Briony think Cecilia is telling Leon when Briony sees them walking together a distance away?

4. What has happened to Lola, according to Briony?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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