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 father do when the girl falls ill?

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

3. What happens to the girls during the escape?

4. Who is at the door when there is a knock?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Julia wonder about William Rainsferd?

3. What happens to Julia after her meeting with William Rainsferd?

4. What does Franck Lévy tell Julia Jaramond about the Tézacs' apartment?

5. Describe Julia interaction with Eduard.

6. Describe the confrontation with the entire family at the apartment.

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

8. What are the contents of the letter Gaspard DuFaure gives Julia?

9. What does Julia learn about Sarah during her trip to Orléans.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the importance of cultural identity in "Sarah's Key"? Certain characters are persecuted for their purported identities as Jews, but how do characters create or preserve their identities in a positive sense? What does identity add to people's lives? What are they willing to give up to preserve it? How does Judaism, Frenchness, Americanness, etc. figure in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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