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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. Why is Léonie afraid of being alone in the room where she is sleeping?

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

3. What does Léonie enjoy?

4. How does Thérèse arrive?

5. What happens to what the girls bring up from the cellar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What so you think is the symbolism attached to Thérèse jumping free of her burning clothes?

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

3. In the chapter, "The Quimper Dish, what do you think is the reason behind Thérèse's sudden "illness"?

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

5. How do Therèse's actions in this chapter, "The Fish Kettle," foreshadow her decision to become a nun?

6. What hint is there in the chapter, "The Cellar Key," that something about the cellar upsets Antoinette?

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

8. In the chapter, "The Coffee Bowls," how do you think Léonie is symbolically similar to the house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 3, Thérèse has left the monastery after being behind its walls for about twenty years. She feels disoriented and confused at life in the "real" world. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How long do you think it will take Thérèse to adjust to the differences between a cloistered life and life among a diversity of people and places?

2. Why do you think Thérèse chose to close herself off from the "real" world? Are her motivations strictly spiritual? If she is alive after the ending of this story, do you think she will go back to the cloistered life? Why or why not?

3. Many men and women confined in a penal system for any duration of more than a few years find that they cannot adjust to "life on the outside," and often end up back in prison. Some even commit a crime in order to go back to prison. Why do you think this happens? Is there any way to help any person who has been isolated, whether in a penal system or otherwise, to adjust to a more public life? Explain.

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

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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