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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 does Madeleine defend Léonie's action of going down to the cellar?

2. Who has died at the beginning of Chapter 22?

3. What does Antoinette do under the influence of morphine?

4. What does Léonie still use?

5. What is one game the girls play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do you think the reaction of Antoinette in the chapter "The Sofa," is related to her reaction to Léonie's previous venture to the cellar in "The Cellar Key"?

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

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

5. What is foreshadowed in the chapter "The Baby Book"?

6. The burning of objects occur repeatedly throughout this novel, the first idea of this occurring in the chapter "The Altar." What do you think could be the symbolism behind the burning of various objects?

7. Describe the first few minutes of Thérèse and Léonie's time together as described in "The Chandelier."

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

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

10. In the chapter "The Green Scarf," how does the celebration in the woods contrast to that of organized religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Most novels have several themes, one or two main themes and one or more minor themes. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience: 1. Discuss one of what you believe to be a major theme. Give specific examples of how the theme is illustrated and why you think it is a major theme. 2. Discuss two minor themes of the novel. Give specific examples of how the themes are illustrated and why you choose those themes. 3. Briefly define several themes of the novel and show how they are interrelated, using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The keeping of secrets is a recurring theme in this novel. Both Thérèse and Léonie withhold secrets from each other as girls; the adults withhold secrets from the children; the house holds secrets from the past, and Antoinette holds some secrets from both the adults and the children. 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 secrets Thérèse and Léonie hold from each other and why you think they do this. Give specific details and examples from the book. 2. Discuss the secrets the adults withhold from the children. Why do they do this? Is it wise to do so? Do adults in general tend to keep too much from children? Why or why not. 3. Discuss Antoinette's secrets and what you think they are and why you think she keeps them secrets. Is that healthy? She is the only one to get ill and die in the novel--could there be a correlation between her secrets eating away inside her and her getting cancer?

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