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. Who is Olivia?

2. What had Frank believed when he found a partial note from Rosie many years earlier?

3. What does Kevin say about Shay?

4. What is one theory Frank has about Rosie?

5. Where does Kevin go with Frank?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank's Da ask Frank to do?

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

3. What does Nora say about her feelings about Rosie?

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

5. What does Stephen say about the comparison between Rosie's and Kevin's deaths?

6. What does Frank request at his office?

7. Why is Frank's mother upset at Scorcher?

8. What does Scorcher say about Kevin's death and how does Frank argue the point and infuriate Scorcher?

9. What happens to Kevin?

10. How does Frank have to change his perception about Rosie?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Faithful Place" is successful as a learning tool? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Tana French's novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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).

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