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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 does Léonie enjoy?

2. What does Léonie imagine she will do?

3. When is Léonie's birthday?

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

5. What does Baptiste do to gain the attention of the two girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the memory that Léonie intuits?

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

5. What rather strange and perhaps a bit disturbing fact is revealed about Léonie in this chapter?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What so you think is the symbolism attached to Thérèse jumping free of her burning clothes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are two sides to the Martin house. One side is proper and presentable, and the other is full of darkness and threatening secrets. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Describe both parts of the Martin house and list some of the imagery associated with each part.

2. Can the Martin house be an analogy for humans, i.e., we all have a "dark" and a "light" side to our personalities. Discuss yourself or someone you know and the traits that's that you consider dark or light and show how those traits can be said to belong to one part of the Martin home or the other. Explain why you assign a trait to one side or the other.

3. Literature is replete with the idea that life is duality--good or evil, hot or cold, sad or joyful.... But much of life rather than being a duality is various shades or mixtures of opposites. Talk about this idea and use examples both from Daughters of the House and your own experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Chapters 21 and 22 demonstrates the complexity of the Léonie and Thérèse's relationship when they are girls. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Does Léonie and Thérèse's relationship seem more positive when they were children than as adults? Why or why not? Be sure to give specific examples to illustrate your stance.

2. Does the difference in Léonie and Thérèse's relationship as children versus adults have anything to do with the nature of friendships between children versus that of adults and upon what each group bases their friendships? Discuss.

3. In several chapters, there is a sexual innuendo that seems to be a part of Léonie and Thérèse's relationship as children. Do you agree with that statement--cite examples to support your stance? Do you think it is common for children of either the same sex or opposite sex to experiment with sex? Does this have any long-lasting effect upon their sexual orientation as adults? Did it in the case of Léonie and Thérèse?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 16, Victorine and Thérèse are condescending about Léonie's attitudes and tastes, and Léonie feels what it is like to be discriminated against. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Discuss the theme of discrimination in the novel, giving specific examples of occurrences throughout the novel (possible areas: class, Nationality, and ethnic origins, as in Jews).

2. Discuss the theme of discrimination for one major group as it occurs in your culture (class, race, sexual orientation, religion, handicapped, etc).

3. Discuss how discrimination has occurred in your own life or that of someone you know well. Include how you feel about it, what you may do to help the person or yourself, and what might help eradicate the discrimination.

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