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. What does the narrator say the girl thinks about at her new location?

2. Where does the girl's parents' fear come from?

3. What happens to the girls during the escape?

4. What does the waiter at the café tell Julia and Bamber about?

5. What do the girl and Rachel take with them from Beaune-la-Rolande?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when the girl and her parents arrive at Beaune-la-Rolande?

4. Describe the girl and her parents' departure for Beaune-la-Rolande.

5. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

6. What do the girl and her mother take with them when they leave their home?

7. Where are the girl and her parents sent to, before their final destination?

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

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

10. How does the narrator say the girl and her mother react differently to the conditions at Beaune-la-Rolande?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the traits that distinguish characters like Gaspard DuFaure, William Rainsferd and Julia Jaramond from the others? How do these characters typically get along with the others? What allows them to take things seriously that the other characters do not want to talk about?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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