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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. What does Antoinette wish?



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



3. What does Thérèse do as she walks through the house?



4. When the two girls go downstairs, what do they find?



5. Why has Thérèse come to the farmhouse?



Short Essay Questions

1. 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?



2. How does Léonie symbolically enter the adult world in the chapter titled "The Ironing Board"?



3. What do you think the wind Léonie feels means?



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



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



6. Describe how the church is decorated for the upcoming festival and what is perhaps a bit odd about that.



7. Describe Thérèse's first tour of the house as shown in "The Buffet." What is ironic about one of her thoughts?



8. To what do you think Léonie's dream in "The Red Suitcase," is related and of what do you think the suitcase is symbolic?



9. What is the memory that Léonie intuits?



10. What in the chapter, "The Recipe Book," suggests that prejudice still exists against the Jews?



Essay Topics

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?

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

Starting with the second chapter and as a thread throughout much of the novel is the idea of materialism and obsession with possessions, especially on the part of Léonie. 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 theme of materialism throughout the story, giving specific examples of how and why this theme occurs.

2. Write an essay on the following idea: Is wealth/materialism in direct conflict with a spiritual life? Use examples from the book and from your personal life to illustrate your stance.

3. People from the United States are often accused of being materialistic and that this has greatly contributed to environmental problems. Write an essay either agreeing or disagreeing and support with examples and details.

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