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. On whose cheek does Robbie notice a scratch when they are all sitting down to dinner?

2. Who sounds like an officer and can read a compass, which will come in handy as they are searching for their way?

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

4. Who does Briony think could have been attacked before Lola?

5. What does Emily watch as she looks at her unused harpsichord?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Briony decide about the letter that Robbie has written to Cecilia?

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

3. Why is Betty furious with Emily?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The library scene between Robbie and Cecilia is one that can shock readers, while also causing them to learn more about these two characters and their feelings for each other.

Part 1: Why do you think this scene was narrated by Robbie instead of Cecilia?

Part 2: How did you feel about Robbie before the scene? After the scene?

Part 3: How does this scene show the true feelings between these two characters?

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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