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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. When is Léonie's birthday?

2. What does Léonie see in the woods?

3. Who of the Germans stays at the Martin estate during the war?

4. What is one game the girls play?

5. What does Thérèse do when her mother takes her home at a year and a half?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the relationship between Baptiste and Léonie developed in this chapter?

3. 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"?

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

5. In "The Onyx Ashtray," what are the ways the Priest conspires to keep the knowledge about the found bones from becoming a focus for the media?

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

7. What hint is there in the chapter, "The Cellar Key," that something about the cellar upsets Antoinette?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The two main characters, Léonie and Thérèse, are cousins (or perhaps sisters), though, they are in some ways mirror opposites of each other...or are they. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. In what ways are Léonie and Thérèse complete opposites; give several examples and explain your choices.

2. In what ways are Léonie and Thérèse similar; give several examples and explain your choices.

3. Which cousin seems to be more "real"? Why?

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