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. How old is the girl?

2. What do the police tell the people?

3. When is "Sarah's Key" set?

4. How did the restrictions affect the girl?

5. What does the girl do to take care of the other children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

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

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

6. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?

7. How does the narrator describe the site of Vel d'Hiv'?

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

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

10. Describe the girl's escape with Rachel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What answer does the novel have for the depression that kills Sarah Rainsferd? Who else feels that despair, and how do they resolve it without committing suicide?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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