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 girl do to her brother?

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

3. What does the father tell the girl about their situation?

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

5. How many Jews were deported from Vel d'Hiv' in July 1942?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mame Tézac have to do with the events of the Vel d'Hiv' roundup?

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

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

4. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?

5. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

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

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

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

9. What do the yellow stars signify?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What kind of money does Julia Jaramond have, that she can afford so much travel in search of a dead person's stories? How does her wealth compare or contrast with the lower-class families who were rounded up at Vel d'Hiv'? Money is not mentioned explicitly in the novel, but how does it form an aspect of the historical context of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own reading of 'Sarah's Key'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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