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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 are the ladies discussing when the two girls decide to go down to the cellar?

2. How long has it been since Thérèse had left the monastery?

3. What does Louis suffer after Antoinette dies?

4. Who of the Germans stays at the Martin estate during the war?

5. What happens when the two girls return from the roof?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the chapter, "The Holdall," how does what Léonie finds while going through Thérèse's things demonstrate the differences between the two women?

3. How is the relationship between Baptiste and Léonie developed in this chapter?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. How does Antoinette's wasted and emaciated body trigger feelings within Thérèse of her own body image as evidenced in the chapter "The Pillows"?

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

10. Briefly describe the scene about the broth and discuss its possible symbolism in the chapter "The Slotted Spoon."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 8, Léonie says she will kill Thérèse if she brings up anything else about the past. Each woman remembers the past differently. Memory is a tricky thing, and often several people who witness the same event will later relate the details differently. . Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How do Thérèse and Léonie's memories differ about their childhood as they are back together as adults? Give specific examples.

2. Have you ever recounted an event in your life only to have a parent, sibling or other person say "that's not at all how it happened"? How did you feel about being challenged/corrected? Do you think your memory of the past is reliable? Why or why not.

3. When you think about your very young childhood, how many of your memories do you think you actually recall and how many of them are events that an adult related to you and you have incorporated into your own set of memories? Discuss a couple of those and evaluate them for accuracy.

Essay Topic 3

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

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