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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

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 2

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 3

There are two sides to the Martin house. One side is proper and presentable, and the other is full of darkness and threatening secrets. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Describe both parts of the Martin house and list some of the imagery associated with each part.

2. Can the Martin house be an analogy for humans, i.e., we all have a "dark" and a "light" side to our personalities. Discuss yourself or someone you know and the traits that's that you consider dark or light and show how those traits can be said to belong to one part of the Martin home or the other. Explain why you assign a trait to one side or the other.

3. Literature is replete with the idea that life is duality--good or evil, hot or cold, sad or joyful.... But much of life rather than being a duality is various shades or mixtures of opposites. Talk about this idea and use examples both from Daughters of the House and your own experiences.

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