Faithful Place Test | Final 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. How do Nora and Frank part?

2. What surprises Stephen about something Frank asks him?

3. Where does Imelda leave Rosie's suitcase?

4. Why does Frank apologize to Holly?

5. What does Kennedy tell Frank when Kennedy arrives at Imelda's place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frank's mother tell him about Mr. Mackey and Theresa Daly?

2. Describe Frank and Holly's conversation about Holly visiting Frank's family.

3. What information does Stephen have for Frank?

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

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

6. What does Frank request at his office?

7. How has Nora reacted to the news of Rosie's body being found?

8. How do people react to Frank at Kevin's wake and what is Jackie's theory about their reactions?

9. What does Frank think Scorcher is trying to do by ruling Kevin's death an accident and how does Mrs. Mackey react?

10. What does Frank say to Holly about Kevin's death?

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Faithful Place" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Faithful Place"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Faithful Place" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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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