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. Why doesn't Nora's husband understand why Nora cannot stop crying?

2. Who is Cooper?

3. Why is Frank standing by the back door of the Daly house?

4. What does Stephen say Kennedy's theory is about Rosie's death?

5. Why is Frank's mother furious?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Kennedy tell Frank that infuriates Frank?

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

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

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

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

8. What information does Stephen have for Frank?

9. What does Frank request at his office?

10. What does Frank say when he returns to Olivia's house?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Faithful Place", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Faithful Place". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Faithful Place belongs to the mystery drama genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the mystery drama genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a detective novel and a mystery drama novel?

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