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. Who proposes to escape?

2. What happened then the girl and her family arrived at Beaune-la-Rolande?

3. What do the people at the door tell the girl's mother to do?

4. How does the narrator describe the conditions at Beaune-la-Rolande?

5. How does the girl spend her time at the new location?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conditions at Beaune-la-Rolande.

2. Where do the girl and Rachel go after Beaune-la-Rolande?

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

4. What is the larger context for the story, and how does the story clue us in to that larger context?

5. What do the yellow stars signify?

6. How does the narrator describe the site of Vel d'Hiv'?

7. What kind of writing does Julia do?

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

9. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

10. What does the girl do when the girls are separated from their mothers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ending of "Sarah's Key" gets a bit chaotic, as a lot of family drama comes to a head, and Julia's marriage ends, and her mother-in-law dies after the big realization that the Tézac family was related to Sarah's story. Evaluate the proposition that this jumble of action and plot resolution is a flaw in the novel, and that the convolutions dispel the force of the realizations. Does this book end up being about Julia's marriage and in-law family drama, with Sarah's story being just dressing?

Essay Topic 2

Julia is dismayed by the ignorance surrounding Drancy and Vel d'Hiv', and she finds small plaques commemorating what took place there, but mostly she finds that people have moved on, and either do not remember or do not care about the past. What do you think is an appropriate form of memorializing the events of the roundup and the Holocaust? When is it appropriate for a place to 'move on' and when is it appropriate that should time remain stopped at the moment of the atrocities?

Essay Topic 3

How are Julia's pregnancy and her search for Sarah related? Is the pregnancy--and Bertrand's opposition to it--an opportunity for her to look into Sarah's story? Is Sarah's story a counterweight to balance her discomfort about her marriage?

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