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. What does Frank try to deal with as he naps in his car?

2. What does Frank find surprising about what Holly says about his family?

3. Where does Frank go in Chapter 9?

4. Who is Stephen Moran?

5. What does Frank realize they need to do in the current homicide investigation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Frank set things up to be able to follow the police investigation into Rosie and Kevin's deaths?

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

6. Which one of Rosie's old friends does Frank locate and how does she react to him initially?

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

8. What happens to Kevin?

9. What does Frank recall about what Rosie told him the night they decide to leave?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Frank wants to keep his distance from his family and yet his daughter Holly loves spending time with Frank's family. Discuss two other ironic situations in "Faithful Place".

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Faithful Place". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Faithful Place" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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