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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. When is Léonie's birthday?

2. Who tells Thérèse to get up off the floor?

3. How does Thérèse feel in her clothes?

4. What does Thérèse notice that Léonie has done?

5. What does Thérèse notice as the only things that have changed?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the chapter "The Photographs," what in the photographs displayed again reveals the different focus of the two women when they are girls?

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

3. How do you think the reaction of Antoinette in the chapter "The Sofa," is related to her reaction to Léonie's previous venture to the cellar in "The Cellar Key"?

4. What is symbolized by Léonie's lying in the woods and undressing to have sex with Baptiste?

5. How do the two bakeries mentioned in "The Bread Basket" represent the same situation as that of Léonie and Thérèse?

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

7. What do you think the wind Léonie feels means?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Chapters 21 and 22 demonstrates the complexity of the Léonie and Thérèse's relationship when they are girls. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Does Léonie and Thérèse's relationship seem more positive when they were children than as adults? Why or why not? Be sure to give specific examples to illustrate your stance.

2. Does the difference in Léonie and Thérèse's relationship as children versus adults have anything to do with the nature of friendships between children versus that of adults and upon what each group bases their friendships? Discuss.

3. In several chapters, there is a sexual innuendo that seems to be a part of Léonie and Thérèse's relationship as children. Do you agree with that statement--cite examples to support your stance? Do you think it is common for children of either the same sex or opposite sex to experiment with sex? Does this have any long-lasting effect upon their sexual orientation as adults? Did it in the case of Léonie and Thérèse?

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