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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 does Thérèse do as she walks through the house?

2. What does Thérèse notice that Léonie has done?

3. What does the person who had a German officer as a lover now do?

4. What has Léonie pretended for 20 years?

5. What does Léonie tell the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Writing Table," what is Léonie doing on the advice of her lawyer and why?

2. What does Thérèse notice in the graveyard in the chapter "The Doorbell"?

3. What in the chapter, "The Recipe Book," suggests that prejudice still exists against the Jews?

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

5. What rather strange and perhaps a bit disturbing fact is revealed about Léonie in this chapter?

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

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

8. Describe the vision experience that Thérèse has in this chapter.

9. 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?

10. What do you think is the significance of Thérèse's threat of "the silent treatment" to Léonie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Starting with the second chapter and as a thread throughout much of the novel is the idea of materialism and obsession with possessions, especially on the part of Léonie. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Follow the theme of materialism throughout the story, giving specific examples of how and why this theme occurs.

2. Write an essay on the following idea: Is wealth/materialism in direct conflict with a spiritual life? Use examples from the book and from your personal life to illustrate your stance.

3. People from the United States are often accused of being materialistic and that this has greatly contributed to environmental problems. Write an essay either agreeing or disagreeing and support with examples and details.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 16, Victorine and Thérèse are condescending about Léonie's attitudes and tastes, and Léonie feels what it is like to be discriminated against. 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 theme of discrimination in the novel, giving specific examples of occurrences throughout the novel (possible areas: class, Nationality, and ethnic origins, as in Jews).

2. Discuss the theme of discrimination for one major group as it occurs in your culture (class, race, sexual orientation, religion, handicapped, etc).

3. Discuss how discrimination has occurred in your own life or that of someone you know well. Include how you feel about it, what you may do to help the person or yourself, and what might help eradicate the discrimination.

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