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

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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 father do when the girl falls ill?

2. What is the girl's father's occupation?

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

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

5. What do the police tell the people?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the conditions at Beaune-la-Rolande.

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

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

5. What is in Sarah's diary?

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

7. What does the narrator say Julia is troubled by?

8. What does Franck Lévy show Julia, and what does it make her feel?

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

10. Describe Julia interaction with Eduard.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Bertrand's mid-life crisis? Is it a convenient mechanism for removing him from Julia's live, to make room for William Rainsferd, or is it a metaphor for the inability to arrive at a mature acceptance of life's painful complexities?

Essay Topic 2

Julia is dismayed by the ignorance surrounding Drancy and Vel d'Hiv', and she finds small plaques commemorating what took place there, but mostly she finds that people have moved on, and either do not remember or do not care about the past. What do you think is an appropriate form of memorializing the events of the roundup and the Holocaust? When is it appropriate for a place to 'move on' and when is it appropriate that should time remain stopped at the moment of the atrocities?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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