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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 the specialist say about Antoinette's breast cancer?

2. Who kept the letters Antoinette sent to her during Thérèse's infancy?

3. What does the person who had a German officer as a lover now do?

4. What does Thérèse find when she goes to the clearing looking for Léonie?

5. Who tells Thérèse to get up off the floor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of Thérèse dumping Antoinette's letters into the stove to burn?

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

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

4. How, in "The Dust," does Léonie's actions foreshadow her eventual life as wife and mother and living at the Martin property?

5. How does the theme of social class appear in the chapter "The Sack"?

6. In the chapter "The Photographs," what in the photographs displayed again reveals the different focus of the two women when they are girls?

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

8. What is the memory that Léonie intuits?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapters 25-28 are predominantly concerned with the process of Antoinette's imminent death and then her death. Death is viewed differently by different characters depending on their religious views and their relationship to the one dying, in this case, Antoinette. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How does Antoinette's imminent death and then subsequent death affect the following characters: Léonie, Thérèse, Louis, and Madeleine. Cite specific examples.

2 After conducting some research, compare and contrast Judaism's view of death versus the Roman Catholic view.

3. Discuss how you felt when someone close to you was dying and then after the person died. Are any of the emotions present in the novel similar to yours? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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