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 do the people at the door tell the girl's mother to do?

2. What language are the girl's parent's speaking?

3. What is Bertrand's reaction when Julia tells him about her pregnancy?

4. What does the girl think this predicament has to do with?

5. What does the father tell the girl about their situation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator characterize Julia and Zoe?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

9. What do the yellow stars signify?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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