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. Who do the girl and her mother see in the street?

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

3. What is the girls doing at the beginning of the novel?

4. Where are the people transported to?

5. What does the girl do to take care of the other children?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rachel's arrest at the DuFaures'.

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

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

4. What point in the development of the plot does this moment signify?

5. What decision does Julia change her mind about?

6. Describe the confrontation with the entire family at the apartment.

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

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

9. Describe Sarah's return to her apartment.

10. What clue remains unexplored even after Julia finds out that Sarah died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

Debate the proposition that the parallel de Rosnay draws between the end of a woman's marriage and the death of a child's little brother in the Holocaust is offensive and demeaning to the experience of those who died in Europe in the 1940s. Or is it a way of honoring the depth of human emotion?

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