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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. After Madeleine defends Léonie, how does Antoinette act?

2. What is one game the girls play?

3. How is the farmhouse described?

4. With what is Léonie fascinated?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. The chapter titled, "The Water Bottle" is dense with imagery. Identify two of the images and what they might represent.

6. Describe the nightmare with which the chapter "The Wall" opens.

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

8. In "The Gray Silk Nightshirt," as the two women sit and chat in Thérèse's room, what is revealed overtly or implied about their relationship and each woman as individuals?

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

10. How is the occupation of the Germans described in "The Carpets"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Chapters 30 and 31 are related in that their titles are things to do with the daily household chores of the Martin farm. . Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How do the household chores as represented by the Quimper dish and dustpan symbolically relate to the power struggle between Léonie and Thérèse? Give specific details/examples.

2. Why do you think Madeleine makes Victorine pick up the sharp pieces of the broken Quimper dish with her fingers rather than the dustpan? How does this represent power?

3. These two chapters seem to "seal" the fate of the two girls in pushing Léonie towards a life in the physical/earthly world and Thérèse towards a life in the spiritual world. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Give specific examples to explain your view.

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