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

2. Why does Thérèse bang her head against the floor?
(a) Because she has a brain tumor and is not in control of her actions.
(b) Because she feels her thoughts are off-track.
(c) Because she is trying to awaken her mother in the room below.
(d) Because she believes if she hurts her head, she will think pure thoughts.

3. What does Léonie still use?
(a) The Model T Ford.
(b) The old pump outside the kitchen door.
(c) All of Victorine's recipes.
(d) Feather tickler beds.

4. What happens after Thérèse settles in to her new home?
(a) She is clingy and cries if her mother leaves the room, even for a moment.
(b) She becomes an angel in behavior.
(c) She never goes out of her room.
(d) She is independent.

5. Who has died at the beginning of Chapter 22?
(a) Henri.
(b) Antoinette.
(c) Victorine.
(d) Soeur Dosithée.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what is Thérèse's bag full?

2. About what do Léonie and Thérèse argue?

3. What does Thérèse do when her mother takes her home at a year and a half?

4. Who is staring angrily at Thérèse as the front door opens?

5. What does Léonie enjoy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Thérèse manipulating in the chapter, "The Dust," and why do you think she does this?

2. How, in "The Dust," does Léonie's actions foreshadow her eventual life as wife and mother and living at the Martin property?

3. 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?

4. In "The Onyx Ashtray," what are the ways the Priest conspires to keep the knowledge about the found bones from becoming a focus for the media?

5. In "The Cake Tin," what can be implied about Victorine's attitudes towards Jews?

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

7. What in "The Ivory Ring" chapter foreshadows Thérèse's despondency about her mother's death and her father transferring his affection to Madeleine?

8. What do you think is symbolic about the dinner the two women share?

9. How is the occupation of the Germans described in "The Carpets"?

10. What scene in the chapter, "The Camp Bed," suggests that the personal dynamics of the household is about to change?

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