Breath, Eyes, Memory Test | Mid-Book 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 Joseph's profession?

2. What has arrived for the family the day an outsider joins for supper?

3. What does Atie ask Sophie and her mother to do after the family sees the package?

4. Who does Sophie take a picture of?

5. What happens the second time Sophie's mother tries to test her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Before Sophie leaves, Atie wants her to say goodbye to her grandmother, Ifé. How do Sophie and Atie get to the grandmother?

2. One night Sophie's grandmother cooks beans and she and Sophie have a conversation about Sophie's husband. What do they talk about?

3. What happens the second time Sophie's mother tries to test her and she fails?

4. What did Atie and her sister Martine do in Port-au-Prince when they were young?

5. Sophie asks her mother why she put her through those tests. What does Sophie's mother answer?

6. Sophie talks for the first time about her mother in the conversation with her therapist. What does Sophie say about her mother?

7. Describe the events surrounding the Mother's Day card Sophie intends to give her Aunt Atie.

8. What do Louise and Sophie talk about when Sophie gets out of the van and sees Louise?

9. What happens between Sophie and Joseph when she pulls into their house?

10. What does Sophie's mother tell Sophie after arriving at her mother's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sophie's life changes drastaically when she moves to New York and lives with her mother. Describe in your own words what Sophie does when she first gets to the States. How does she adapt? Who does she meet? How does she feel?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the relationship between Sophie's mother Martine and Sophie's aunt Atie. We read about them while they were young and when they meet in Haiti. They talk about each other to Sophie. What is important to them? What do they talk about to Sophie and to each other?

Essay Topic 3

The four main characters in "Breath, Eyes, Memory" are Sophie, her mother, her grandmother, and her aunt. They represent females of different generations in the same family. Compare and contrast the relationships between these four women and describe how these relationships develop over the course of the book.

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