French Stories Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 did Mauriac sometimes consider himself?

2. At what time did the students receive snacks at Grand-Lebrun?

3. How did Mauriac live as a child?

4. According to the editor, what was Claudel always guided by?

5. What is the first thing the prodigal son's father does when he sees his son?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Grand-Lebrun," describe the "little old women" in the narrator's story.

2. What does the prodigal son's father do when the prodigal son returns home?

3. In "Grand-Lebrun," why does the narrator choose to recall his time at his former school?

4. Describe Dutilleul in "The Passer-Through-Walls."

5. Why did Daru feel like a lord given his meager lifestyle?

6. According to the editor, why is Francois Mauriac "one of the most sensitive witnesses of our threatened world?"

7. Why does the prodigal son's older brother claim to be different from the prodigal son?

8. Why did the narrator live in a "poetic trance" while at Grand-Lebrun?

9. Describe the sight in "The Guest" that Daru witnessed while he watched the two men come up the mountain to the schoolhouse.

10. What were the circumstances surrounding Dutilleul's first burglary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Return of the Prodigal Son," whom is the most important conversation with: the father, the older brother, the mother, or the younger brother? Why do you believe that this is the most important conversation in the story? Cite specific examples from the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the imagery used in "The Rope." What does each of the following characters represent: The narrator; the boy; the mother; and the neighbors? What do the following items represent: the rope; the nail; and sugars and liqueurs?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one character from one of the stories. Who is this character? What does the story tell readers specifically about the character? What must readers infer about the character? What are the characters strengths and weaknesses? What conflict does the character face? What does the character learn or refuse to learn? What do the character's decisions tall readers about the character?

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