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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. When does the girl think she will see the boy again?
2. What does the father do when the girl and her mother are leaving?
3. Where do the girl and Rachel go from Beaune-la-Rolande?
4. What does the father do when the girl falls ill?
5. Why is the girl angry with her father?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where are the girl and her parents sent to, before their final destination?
2. Describe Julia Jaramond's relationship with her husband.
3. What restrictions have the Jews had to obey under the Vichy government?
4. What do the yellow stars signify?
5. What does Mame Tézac have to do with the events of the Vel d'Hiv' roundup?
6. What happens when the girl and her parents arrive at Beaune-la-Rolande?
7. What does the girl do when the girls are separated from their mothers?
8. What kind of writing does Julia do?
9. What is the opening scene of "Sarah's Key".
10. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Would you recommend "Sarah's Key"? For what purposes would you recommend "Sarah's Key", and what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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