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 is the girl's name?

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

3. How does the girl change at Beaune-la-Rolande?

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

5. Where do the police believe the boy is?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the girl's escape with Rachel.

4. What kind of writing does Julia do?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the opening scene of "Sarah's Key".

10. What lead does Julia get for gathering more information about Vel d'Hiv' during her trip there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Map out the two stories developed in "Sarah's Key", the Sarah story and the Julia story. Where do they depart, where do they overlap, where do they separate? Describe the problems and challenges associated with choosing a visual form for describing the novel.

Essay Topic 3

How well made is "Sarah's Key" as a novel? Is it tight, with artful use of theme, motif, metaphor and imagery? Or does it wander, with images and themes coming up and disappearing over time? Does the novel's construction seem deliberate and artful or something else?

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