Sarah's Key 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. How is the family transported away from their neighborhood?

2. Where is "Sarah's Key" set?

3. Why is Julia Jaramond looking forward to taking over Mame Tézac's apartment?

4. What is Beaune-la-Rolande?

5. How does the girl change at Beaune-la-Rolande?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lead does Julia get for gathering more information about Vel d'Hiv' during her trip there?

2. How does it happen that two members of the family do not go with the police?

3. Where are the girl and her parents sent to, before their final destination?

4. How are the girl and her mother treated as they leave the apartment building?

5. What does Mame Tézac have to do with the events of the Vel d'Hiv' roundup?

6. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?

7. What are conditions like at the location where the buses take the girl and her mother?

8. How does the narrator say the girl and her mother react differently to the conditions at Beaune-la-Rolande?

9. Describe the girl's escape with Rachel.

10. What kind of writing does Julia do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How well made is "Sarah's Key" as a novel? Is it tight, with artful use of theme, motif, metaphor and imagery? Or does it wander, with images and themes coming up and disappearing over time? Does the novel's construction seem deliberate and artful or something else?

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

Map out the two stories developed in "Sarah's Key", the Sarah story and the Julia story. Where do they depart, where do they overlap, where do they separate? Describe the problems and challenges associated with choosing a visual form for describing the novel.

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