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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. How do the girls "doctor" each other?

2. Who chases Léonie?

3. How does Antoinette say Madeleine must raise Léonie?

4. What happens when Léonie goes down to the cellar floor?

5. What does Thérèse do for her mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Do you think either woman is more innocent in the way they interact here in the chapter titled "The Cigarette?"

3. In the chapter, "The Dustpan," what is Thérèse's "public" version of why she broke the Quimper dish and what is evident later as to why she breaks it?

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

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

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

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

8. What is a possible reason the author has Léonie jabbing her cigarette in the air to emphasize the argument with Thérèse?

9. Describe the vision experience that Thérèse has in this chapter.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 6, Thérèse and Léonie have a meal together. Léonie 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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Though this novel contains a complex interrelationship of themes, characters, and imagery, each character, even those not born at the time, is affected by the occupation of the Nazis and their execution of the Jewish family which Henri and Rose shelters. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Trace how Antoinette has been affected by the Nazi occupation of the Martin house and the village. Give examples and discuss what you think actually happened to Antoinette down in the cellar and how that informs the rest of Antoinette's life.

2. After doing some research, discuss how the country of France in general reacts to the Nazi persecution of Jews of French citizenship. Give examples and relate your research to what happens in this novel.

3. Discuss why you think Léonie chooses to reveal what she knows about the events during the Nazi occupation. Is there any reason for going back to the past and trying to place blame? Should anything happen to the informant this long after the actual event? What do you think should be done?

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