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Tana French
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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 tickets are in Rosie's suitcase?

2. What is one thing Frank did right after leaving home?

3. What do Frank and Kevin talk about that brings up the mention of a dog?

4. What is the abandoned house number that Frank enters?

5. Why is Olivia angry with what Frank tells her on the phone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Frank visit and what does he learn?

2. What did Frank do for years after becoming a cop concerning Rosie?

3. What does Carmel ask Frank and what is his answer?

4. Where does Frank convince Kevin to go with him and what do they find?

5. What do the Daly's say when Frank asks if they ever heard from Rosie?

6. What does Frank think about when asked why he became a cop?

7. Why does Frank have to take Holly back to her mom's and what is Olivia's response?

8. What does Frank say about his family in regard to Rosie leaving him?

9. What does Frank discuss with Kevin and what is Kevin's input?

10. What does Frank ask about the suitcase when he walks in his house and what does the family say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Faithful Place". Questions that French most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the French' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss French's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of French and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Tana French.

2. What in French's background may have helped her in writing "Faithful Place"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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