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 mother's reaction to this?

2. What is Mame Tézac suffering?

3. What is Beaune-la-Rolande?

4. What does the girl say is clear from the Doctor's demeanor when he comes to treat Rachel?

5. Why is Julia Jaramond looking forward to taking over Mame Tézac's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the yellow stars signify?

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

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

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

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

9. When and where does "Sarah's Key" take place?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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