Remembrance of Things Past 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. In "Place-Names: The Place, Part II," what does M. de Charlus give the narrator before bed?

2. In Balbec, why does the manager of the hotel frighten the narrator?

3. Why can't the narrator say good-bye to Saint-Loup when he visits him in "Guermantes Way, Part I"?

4. What does the narrator's grandmother do when the narrator suffers a fever attack in "Place-Names: The Place, Part II"?

5. What does the narrator say he admires most about Mme. de Sevigne?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens the first time the narrator sees the group of six girls in "Seascap, with Frieze of Girls"?

2. In "Place-Names: The Place, Part II," how does the narrator interact with the local Balbec girls?

3. What happens when Mme. Swann arrives at Mme. de Villeparisis's party?

4. While in Balbec, how does Francoise react to Mme. de Villeparisis?

5. What does Francoise do while in Balbec?

6. While in Balbec, what upsets the narrator about running into the Marquise de Villeparisis?

7. What happens the first time the narrator meets Marquise Robert de Saint-Loup?

8. How does M. de Charlus feel about the narrator's grandmother in "Place-Names: The Place, Part II"?

9. What does the narrator do the first time he meets Gisele?

10. What happens the first time the narrator meets Albertine?

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

How does the narrator's relationship with Gilberte mirror the relationship between M. Swann and Odette? Where do they differ? What is the literary value in paralleling these relationships? What is the lesson the author creates?

Essay Topic 3

Many members of the narrator's family are very cold to each other. Describe specific events that support this idea and explain the impact it has on the family. How does the grandmother's death play into this? How would you characterize the relationships within the narrator's family?

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