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

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

3. Where is "Sarah's Key" set?

4. What is Bertrand's reaction when Julia tells him about her pregnancy?

5. What is Mame Tézac suffering?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Julia after her meeting with William Rainsferd?

3. What does Julia wonder about William Rainsferd?

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

5. What does this condition mean for Julia?

6. What is the tone of the book, up to the point of Julia finding out about Sarah from Eduard?

7. Describe the meeting with William Rainsferd.

8. What happens when Mame Tézac has a stroke?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What answer does the novel have for the depression that kills Sarah Rainsferd? Who else feels that despair, and how do they resolve it without committing suicide?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In what way is "Sarah's Key" an allegorical novel? What does Julia's baby symbolize? What other symbols give "Sarah's Key" a deeper meaning than the literal? How does the novel teach a moral, or resolve a symbolic problem?

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