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

2. What was Vélodrome d' Hiver before it was a holding site for Jews?

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

4. What do the police tell the people?

5. How do the girl's parents react when they hear about the boy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Julia Jaramond's relationship with her husband.

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

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

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

7. What kind of writing does Julia do?

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

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

10. What do the yellow stars signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Julia Jaramond is an American who has spent twenty-five years in France, and Sarah Starzynski is a Polish Jew living in Paris. Describe the importance, in "Sarah's Key", of nationality and home. Who feels 'at home' and how are these characters different from characters who have a different relationship with place?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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