Remembrance of Things Past Test | Mid-Book 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. In "Swann In Love," what does Swann say he is studying whenever he is with Odette?

2. Why does the narrator's mother sleep in his room in "Overture"?

3. What does the narrator long to see Berma do in "Mme. Swann at Home"?

4. In "Mme. Swann at Home," what do the Swanns brag about in front of the narrator?

5. What does the narrator say happened to his belief in the elegance of women?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Place-Names," what does the narrator do every day after Gilberte leaves?

2. What does the narrator learn about the Swanns when he talks about them with his mother in "Place-Names"?

3. In "Combray," why does the narrator read a lot?

4. What happens the first two times Swann visits Odette's house?

5. In "Overture," when M. Swann comes for dinner, what ploy for his mother's attention does the narrator devise?

6. In "Place-Names," what does the narrator say has changed about his faith since his childhood?

7. What does the narrator do every day at Champs-Elysees in "Place-Names"?

8. As a young boy how did the narrator spend his time before and after dinner?

9. What does M. Vinteuil do with his compositions in "Combray" that the narrator finds funny?

10. What happens when Swann spends time away from Odette in "Swann In Love"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator longs for a relationship with a woman. Choose three attempts at relationships, or desires for relationships, and analyze their successes and failures. What was the benefit to the narrator? What harmed him in the end? What does the theme of failed romance mean for this novel?

Essay Topic 2

What role does the military play in this novel? How do the characters feel toward the military? How is it significant that Saint-Loup is in the military? What does the military and military action represent in this novel.

Essay Topic 3

How are doctors viewed by the characters in this novel? What leads to the success of a doctor? How do the doctors in this novel affect their patients and patient's families? What images are often evoked when doctors are part of the scene? What message is the author delivering about the field of medicine in this novel?

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