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. Where do the police believe the boy is?

2. What makes Julia worry when she gets pregnant?

3. How is the family transported away from their neighborhood?

4. Where does the girl's father spend time when he is not working?

5. What does the concierge do as the girl and her mother leave the building?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is in Sarah's diary?

2. What does Julia learn from Sarah's wedding announcement?

3. What is Bertrand's response when he hears that Julia is not aborting the baby?

4. What do the yellow stars signify?

5. Where do we find Julia and Zoe in the 2005 epilogue?

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

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

8. What does Julia decide to do about her pregnancy and her marriage?

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

10. What happens when William Rainsferd shows up at Julia's apartment?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Julia Jaramond is an American who has spent twenty-five years in France, and Sarah Starzynski is a Polish Jew living in Paris. Describe the importance, in "Sarah's Key", of nationality and home. Who feels 'at home' and how are these characters different from characters who have a different relationship with place?

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

What does escaping cost characters in "Sarah's Key", and what do characters do when they cannot escape, from history, from relationships, from their own stories? What limits the ability to escape, in the novel?

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