Sarah's Key Test | Final 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. When did Sarah leave France?

2. Who does Julia call to see if she can arrange to find Sarah?

3. What does Julia learn about Sarah from this person?

4. How does Julia respond to Bamber's offer?

5. What do Julia and Guillaume find at their destination?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tone of the book, up to the point of Julia finding out about Sarah from Eduard?

2. Describe Julia arrival at the Rainsferds house.

3. What decision does Julia change her mind about?

4. What clue remains unexplored even after Julia finds out that Sarah died?

5. What happens to Julia after her meeting with William Rainsferd?

6. Describe Julia interaction with Eduard.

7. Describe Julia's trip to Drancy.

8. Describe Rachel's arrest at the DuFaures'.

9. What does Julia learn about Sarah during her trip to Orléans.

10. How does the narrator characterize the interactions between Julia and Bamber during their trip to Vel d'Hiv'.

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

Evaluate your own reading of 'Sarah's Key'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

Debate the proposition that the parallel de Rosnay draws between the end of a woman's marriage and the death of a child's little brother in the Holocaust is offensive and demeaning to the experience of those who died in Europe in the 1940s. Or is it a way of honoring the depth of human emotion?

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