Sarah's Key Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tatiana de Rosnay
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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 does the narrator describe how people felt about the girl's family?

2. What do the parents tell the girl?

3. What do the people do when the orders come?

4. What does the girl do to her brother?

5. What condition does the narrator say the people are in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the girl and her mother take with them when they leave their home?

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

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

4. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

5. What restrictions have the Jews had to obey under the Vichy government?

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

7. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?

8. When and where does "Sarah's Key" take place?

9. What is the opening scene of "Sarah's Key".

10. Describe the girl and her parents' departure for Beaune-la-Rolande.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of "Sarah's Key". What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 2

What is the importance of cultural identity in "Sarah's Key"? Certain characters are persecuted for their purported identities as Jews, but how do characters create or preserve their identities in a positive sense? What does identity add to people's lives? What are they willing to give up to preserve it? How does Judaism, Frenchness, Americanness, etc. figure in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of 'Sarah's Key'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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