Faithful Place Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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 does Frank tell Mick?

2. Who is Dermot?

3. What does Jackie believe about Rosie?

4. Where does Kevin go with Frank?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who joins Frank at the pub after Scorcher leaves?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What scene is portrayed in the Prologue?

8. What does the reader learn about Frank in the opening to Chapter 1?

9. Who else arrives on the scene, and why do none of the cops acknowledge Frank?

10. Why was Frank's mother going to come down to the pub?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Faithful Place" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Faithful Place" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for for a literary audience? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Faithful Place" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Faithful Place". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think French chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think French chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss French's use (or lack ) of literary device ( such as allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns) and how they add or detract from the story. Does French use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Faithful Place is? Explain your response.

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