Madeleine is Sleeping Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
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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. Which saint does Madeleine dream of?

2. Who does Madeleine first dream of?

3. Who does Charlotte marry?

4. Who tells Madeleine to watch M. Jouy's face when it crumples?

5. What does Matilda record her scientific observations in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the gypsy troupe begin to despair about their current situation? How is this remedied?

2. How does Madeleine feel about M. Pujol by the end of Part One?

3. Who is Marguerite?

4. What types of things does Matilda record in her diary?

5. Why is Madeleine disappointed in the gypsy camp?

6. How does Madeleine get separated from the girls at the convent?

7. How does M. Pujol feel about posing for the old widow?

8. How did M. Pujol lose his place on stage? Who replaced him?

9. Who is M. Pujol?

10. Who is Madeleine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Madeleine's father is rarely mentioned or seen throughout the story. From what we know of him, he is a man who works hard, once loved his wife, and lives a life overrun by children. Write an essay detailing why Madeleine's father scarcely appears in Madeleine is Sleeping. Which characters interact with him the most? What is learned from the conversations he does hold with others? Why does Mother think that he no longer loves her? Be sure the provide examples to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 2

Marguerite is a woman who often performs in heroic roles on stage. When she is offered to play the role of a damaged and tragic woman, she does so, and then tells her composer to never have her play such a role again. Write an essay explaining why playing heroic, male roles means so much to Marguerite. Why does she prefer them? What about traditional female roles does she not like? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Religion plays a large role throughout the story. Madeleine is portrayed as a girl who idolizes her favorite saint, Saint Michel. She likes to think of herself as being akin to him. When the widow tells her that she is more like the Abbott than Saint Michel, she becomes angry. Write an essay explaining who Madeleine is more like, the Abbott or Saint Michel. Why? Was the widow correct in her opinion of Madeleine? What events or actions does Madeleine take that makes her more like one or the other? Use examples from the book to support your argument.

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