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 happened then the girl and her family arrived at Beaune-la-Rolande?

2. How does the girl change at Beaune-la-Rolande?

3. What does the father do when the girl falls ill?

4. When does the girl think she will see the boy again?

5. How does the narrator explain the fact that Bamber did not know anything about Vel d'Hiv'?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does pregnancy mean for Julia?

3. Describe the girl's escape with Rachel.

4. What does Mame Tézac have to do with the events of the Vel d'Hiv' roundup?

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

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

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

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

9. What kind of writing does Julia do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does escaping cost characters in "Sarah's Key", and what do characters do when they cannot escape, from history, from relationships, from their own stories? What limits the ability to escape, in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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