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

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

3. Who do the girl and her mother see in the street?

4. What do the people do when the orders come?

5. How did the police react when the mother objected to going?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the yellow stars signify?

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

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

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

7. What is the larger context for the story, and how does the story clue us in to that larger context?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Would you recommend "Sarah's Key"? For what purposes would you recommend "Sarah's Key", and what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?

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

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?

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