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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Antoinette wish?

2. What does Antoinette do under the influence of morphine?

3. What does Thérèse do as she walks through the house?

4. When the two girls go downstairs, what do they find?

5. Why has Thérèse come to the farmhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. The chapter titled, "The Water Bottle" is dense with imagery. Identify two of the images and what they might represent.

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

7. Describe Thérèse's first tour of the house as shown in "The Buffet." What is ironic about one of her thoughts?

8. To what do you think Léonie's dream in "The Red Suitcase," is related and of what do you think the suitcase is symbolic?

9. What is the memory that Léonie intuits?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 15, we learn that the wood floors of the house are marked by the German soldiers' boots, and the original red tiles are permanently ruined, and Antoinette has had carpet put down to cover these marks. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How are the floors symbolic of psychological scars and whose scars? Give details and examples.

2. There seems to be a general conspiracy to cover wounds of the past in this story. Who decides to figuratively pull the rugs out from under everyone's feet and reveal what is under them and why does she decide to do so?

3. Do you think it is healthy to "cover up" past scars so that one does not have to think about them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Chapters 30 and 31 are related in that their titles are things to do with the daily household chores of the Martin farm. . Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How do the household chores as represented by the Quimper dish and dustpan symbolically relate to the power struggle between Léonie and Thérèse? Give specific details/examples.

2. Why do you think Madeleine makes Victorine pick up the sharp pieces of the broken Quimper dish with her fingers rather than the dustpan? How does this represent power?

3. These two chapters seem to "seal" the fate of the two girls in pushing Léonie towards a life in the physical/earthly world and Thérèse towards a life in the spiritual world. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Give specific examples to explain your view.

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