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. Why doesn't Frank let Holly spend time with his family?

2. What is Shay planning to buy?

3. Who is Rosie Daley?

4. What do Frank's siblings do while he is at the pub?

5. What is Squidface?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has left a frantic message on Frank's phone and what is the message?

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

3. Why does Frank start searching the neighborhood?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the Technical Bureau find in the basement at number 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faithful Place: A Novel like most mystery novels involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Do you think the death of Rosie is tragic? Why or why not. What about Kevin?

3. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

4. Do you think Shay should suffer capital punishment for the murder of Rosie? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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