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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. At the end of the chapter what does Léonie imagine she and Thérèse are doing?

2. After Madeleine defends Léonie, how does Antoinette act?

3. What happens after Thérèse settles in to her new home?

4. Who does Léonie believe stole her soul?

5. What does Léonie dream in the nightmare at the beginning of Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Therèse's actions in this chapter, "The Fish Kettle," foreshadow her decision to become a nun?

2. Describe the first few minutes of Thérèse and Léonie's time together as described in "The Chandelier."

3. What do you think that the emptiness in the air about Léonie means?

4. How, in "The Dust," does Léonie's actions foreshadow her eventual life as wife and mother and living at the Martin property?

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

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

7. In "The Writing Table," what is Léonie doing on the advice of her lawyer and why?

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

9. In "The Cake Tin," what can be implied about Victorine's attitudes towards Jews?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dreams are detailed in several chapters of this work; two particularly long ones are in chapter 1 and chapter 47. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Describe several symbols in the dreams and their meaning.

2. What do you think is the purpose of using dreams in this novel?

3. How effective are the dreams at explaining the interior landscape of Thérèse and Léonie, since each character dreams one of the two significant dreams.

4. Do you find that dreams contribute to the meaning of this work? What about other literature or film that has one or more dream scenes?

Essay Topic 3

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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