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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where has Thérèse gone?
2. Who wants to speak to Thérèse and her father?
3. What are the workmen doing when they find a shallow grave with a heap of bones?
4. Who betrays Henri and Rose to the Nazis?
5. What does Léonie do in a fit of anger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 ThÃ©rÃ¨se'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
Essay Topic 2
Though this novel contains a complex interrelationship of themes, characters, and imagery, each character, even those not born at the time, is affected by the occupation of the Nazis and their execution of the Jewish family which Henri and Rose shelters. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Trace how Antoinette has been affected by the Nazi occupation of the Martin house and the village. Give examples and discuss what you think actually happened to Antoinette down in the cellar and how that informs the rest of Antoinette's life.
2. After doing some research, discuss how the country of France in general reacts to the Nazi persecution of Jews of French citizenship. Give examples and relate your research to what happens in this novel.
3. Discuss why you think LÃ©onie chooses to reveal what she knows about the events during the Nazi occupation. Is there any reason for going back to the past and trying to place blame? Should anything happen to the informant this long after the actual event? What do you think should be done?
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 ThÃ©rÃ¨se, and perhaps even LÃ©onie 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 ThÃ©rÃ¨se is a product of the rape. Are there references that imply that LÃ©onie is not only ThÃ©rÃ¨se'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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