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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where do Thérèse and Léonie walk?
(a) Upstairs to the library.
(b) Into the kitchen.
(c) Into the living room.
(d) Into the conservatory.

2. What happens when Léonie goes down to the cellar floor?
(a) She meets an elderly man.
(b) Her light goes out.
(c) She sees hundreds of bottles of wine.
(d) She finds bones.

3. Who of the Germans stays at the Martin estate during the war?
(a) The officers.
(b) Only the section administrator.
(c) None.
(d) The ranking enlisted and officers.

4. How does Thérèse feel in her clothes?
(a) Appropriate.
(b) Dressed up.
(c) Elegant.
(d) Inadequate.

5. What has Léonie pretended for 20 years?
(a) That Thérèse is dead.
(b) That the house belongs to her.
(c) That Thérèse would come and they could be together again.
(d) That Baptiste is the man she loves.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one game the girls play?

2. What does Léonie enjoy?

3. Who watches Léonie as she drags the suitcase back and forth in her nightmare?

4. What does the new priest do when he arrives in the town near the farmhouse?

5. What does Baptiste do to gain the attention of the two girls?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Gray Silk Nightshirt," as the two women sit and chat in Thérèse's room, what is revealed overtly or implied about their relationship and each woman as individuals?

2. In the chapter, "The Oranges," what problem do you think Léonie is really trying to resolve when she is juggling the oranges or thinking of the magpies?

3. Describe the nightmare with which the chapter "The Wall" opens.

4. Describe Thérèse's dream of Antoinette.

5. In the previous chapter, the reader notices that Léonie embraces physicality as seen by her fascination with defecation; in the chapter, "The Frying Pan," what does it seem that Thérèse embraces?

6. To what do you think Léonie's fears are related in the chapter "The Nightlight"?

7. The burning of objects occur repeatedly throughout this novel, the first idea of this occurring in the chapter "The Altar." What do you think could be the symbolism behind the burning of various objects?

8. How does Léonie symbolically enter the adult world in the chapter titled "The Ironing Board"?

9. How is the dream connected to Léonie's dream in the first chapter?

10. How is it intimated that parts of the house are "open," and other parts "secreted," just as the two girls are open in some ways and secretive in others?

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