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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. About what do the hosts and guest sit in the salon and talk?

2. Why doesn't Thérèse like the dressing room?

3. Why does Madeleine move Léonie into Thérèse's room?

4. What does Léonie see in the woods?

5. What does Thérèse notice that Léonie has done?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first few minutes of Thérèse and Léonie's time together as described in "The Chandelier."

2. How does the theme of social class appear in the chapter "The Sack"?

3. Describe how the church is decorated for the upcoming festival and what is perhaps a bit odd about that.

4. What is the implication of Madeleine scolding Thérèse for upsetting her father on his first day home?

5. What story does Léonie tell Baptiste and what is his response?

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

7. In the chapter, "The Dustpan," what is Thérèse's "public" version of why she broke the Quimper dish and what is evident later as to why she breaks it?

8. What clues in the chapter "The Biscuit Tin" suggest that Thérèse is a product of Antoinette being raped by a German Nazi soldier?

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

10. What is foreshadowed in the chapter "The Baby Book"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 29, the differences between the English and French and the Roman Catholic religion and the Anglican religion are very visible. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How different are the English from the French as suggested in this novel? Give specific examples.

2. Do you think there is such as big a difference in the culture of the two countries in the 21st century as in the time frame when the novel first opens (1950's)? Why or why not?

3. What are the major differences between the Roman Catholic Church beliefs and that of the Anglican Church? (You may have to do a little research).

Essay Topic 2

A literary technique called "foreshadowing" is seen in Chapter 11. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. What theme/idea do you think is foreshadowed in this chapter? (hint: it has something to do with Thérèse's relationship to her "father," Louis. Give examples of both what is foreshadowed and where the theme/idea again appears later in the story.

2. What are literary techniques? Name several of the most common and define them.

3. Take the literary techniques you define in question number 2 and give examples of their occurrence in this story or some other piece of literature or film.

4. Do you think authors intentionally plan to write in literary techniques such as foreshadowing? Explain

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 9, Léonie is fascinated by the family photographs in the main salon. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Discuss the photographs that are mentioned throughout the novel and what they might imply about the persons in each picture.

2. Write an essay on the history of photography and how it has impacted one particular aspect of modern culture.

3. Why are humans fascinated with producing imagery, especially reproducing exact images of themselves and their environment? Do you think this is a way of obtaining immortality? How do you feel about photography and the pictures you have taken?

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