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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. What color of eyes does everyone in the area seem to have?

2. What has Léonie been doing while Thérèse has been in the convent?

3. With what is Léonie fascinated?

4. What does the specialist say about Antoinette's breast cancer?

5. When Léonie awakens, what does she realize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. To what do you think Léonie's fears are related in the chapter "The Nightlight"?

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

6. In the chapter, "The Holdall," how does what Léonie finds while going through Thérèse's things demonstrate the differences between the two women?

7. Who is Thérèse manipulating in the chapter, "The Dust," and why do you think she does this?

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

9. 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?

10. Briefly describe the scene about the broth and discuss its possible symbolism in the chapter "The Slotted Spoon."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 29, the differences between the English and French and the Roman Catholic religion and the Anglican religion are very visible. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How different are the English from the French as suggested in this novel? Give specific examples.

2. Do you think there is such as big a difference in the culture of the two countries in the 21st century as in the time frame when the novel first opens (1950's)? Why or why not?

3. What are the major differences between the Roman Catholic Church beliefs and that of the Anglican Church? (You may have to do a little research).

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

Chapters 18 and 19 both obliquely refer to the rape of Antoinette by a German soldier during WWII. There are a number of references throughout the text that implies that Thérèse, and perhaps even Léonie is a product of this rape. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. List and discuss the references throughout the novel that suggests that Antoinette is raped by a German soldier. Include dreams, conversations, and any other sources. What is your interpretation of the textual evidence?

2. Discuss the references that suggest that Thérèse is a product of the rape. Are there references that imply that Léonie is not only Thérèse's sister, but her twin and is a product of the same rape? Find those references also. What do you believe about the parentage of the two girls? Support your statements with specific textual references.

3. Breasts are an obvious symbol of maternity in that women breastfeed their children. Discuss the implications of Antoinette's breast cancer and her role as a mother juxtaposed next to the fact that she is raped.

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