Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who of the Germans stays at the Martin estate during the war?
2. What happens to what the girls bring up from the cellar?
3. Who tells ThÃ©rÃ¨se to get up off the floor?
4. When the two girls go downstairs, what do they find?
5. Why does Baptiste supposedly despise ThÃ©rÃ¨se?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does ThÃ©rÃ¨se notice in the graveyard in the chapter "The Doorbell"?
2. How is it intimated that parts of the house are "open," and other parts "secreted," just as the two girls are open in some ways and secretive in others?
3. How do TherÃ¨se's actions in this chapter, "The Fish Kettle," foreshadow her decision to become a nun?
4. 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?
5. What so you think is the symbolism attached to ThÃ©rÃ¨se jumping free of her burning clothes?
6. Briefly describe the scene about the broth and discuss its possible symbolism in the chapter "The Slotted Spoon."
7. In the chapter, "The Silver Cake Tray," what do you think is the significance of the shrine?
8. In the chapter, "The Oranges," what problem do you think LÃ©onie is really trying to resolve when she is juggling the oranges or thinking of the magpies?
9. Describe the vision experience that ThÃ©rÃ¨se has in this chapter.
10. How, in "The Dust," does LÃ©onie's actions foreshadow her eventual life as wife and mother and living at the Martin property?
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?
In chapter 6, ThÃ©rÃ¨se and LÃ©onie have a meal together. LÃ©onie takes special care in setting the table and choosing the menu. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Follow the thread of food and eating that occurs throughout the novel, giving examples of that theme and an interpretation of the examples you choose.
2. Food is essential to the continuation of life, and thus is often offered symbolically as well as concretely in many cultures. Compare and contrast the symbolism of food in several diverse cultures.
3. Discuss how food is treated in advertisements in the country in which you live, including billboard advertisements, magazines, t.v., and radio. What is the main purpose of the advertisements? Are they successful? Do they sway you?
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 LÃ©onie and ThÃ©rÃ¨se? 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 LÃ©onie towards a life in the physical/earthly world and ThÃ©rÃ¨se 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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