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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

Essay Topic 1

Most novels have several themes, one or two main themes and one or more minor themes. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Discuss one of what you believe to be a major theme. Give specific examples of how the theme is illustrated and why you think it is a major theme.

2. Discuss two minor themes of the novel. Give specific examples of how the themes are illustrated and why you choose those themes.

3. Briefly define several themes of the novel and show how they are interrelated, using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 8, Léonie says she will kill Thérèse if she brings up anything else about the past. Each woman remembers the past differently. Memory is a tricky thing, and often several people who witness the same event will later relate the details differently. . Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. How do Thérèse and Léonie's memories differ about their childhood as they are back together as adults? Give specific examples.

2. Have you ever recounted an event in your life only to have a parent, sibling or other person say "that's not at all how it happened"? How did you feel about being challenged/corrected? Do you think your memory of the past is reliable? Why or why not.

3. When you think about your very young childhood, how many of your memories do you think you actually recall and how many of them are events that an adult related to you and you have incorporated into your own set of memories? Discuss a couple of those and evaluate them for accuracy.

Essay Topic 3

The keeping of secrets is a recurring theme in this novel. Both Thérèse and Léonie withhold secrets from each other as girls; the adults withhold secrets from the children; the house holds secrets from the past, and Antoinette holds some secrets from both the adults and the children. 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 secrets Thérèse and Léonie hold from each other and why you think they do this. Give specific details and examples from the book.

2. Discuss the secrets the adults withhold from the children. Why do they do this? Is it wise to do so? Do adults in general tend to keep too much from children? Why or why not.

3. Discuss Antoinette's secrets and what you think they are and why you think she keeps them secrets. Is that healthy? She is the only one to get ill and die in the novel--could there be a correlation between her secrets eating away inside her and her getting cancer?

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