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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 Léonie dream in the nightmare at the beginning of Chapter 18?

2. What does Louis suffer after Antoinette dies?

3. Why does Baptiste supposedly despise Thérèse?

4. What color of eyes does everyone in the area seem to have?

5. Upon what four things in the catechism does Thérèse concentrate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What about her mother's impending death seems to be of greatest concern to Thérèse in the chapter "The Statue of the Virgin"?

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

6. What task do you believe is now set before Léonie?

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

8. In the previous chapter, the reader notices that Léonie embraces physicality as seen by her fascination with defecation; in the chapter, "The Frying Pan," what does it seem that Thérèse embraces?

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

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

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 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

There are many statements throughout this novel about church, Jesus, Christianity, and in particular, Mary, the mother of Jesus. Additionally, reference is made about Jews, though the Jewish religion is not mentioned too much. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Take three characters and trace their references to religion throughout the novel. Evaluate how strongly each character feels about his/her spiritual life and what each believes. Be sure to cite specific examples to support your statements.

2. Compare and contrast the way the main characters and the village people view Christianity versus Judaism and Christians versus Jews. Be sure to cite specific examples to support your statements.

3. Is this novel about religion and spirituality? If references to religious ideas and beliefs were removed, how substantially would the novel be impacted? Discuss using specific examples.

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