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. What does Franck Lévy tell Julia Jaramond about the family at 26 rue de Saintonge in July 1942?

2. What was Rachel too weak for?

3. How does Gaspard DuFaure characterize Sarah?

4. What does Sirka/Sarah tell the DuFaures after Rachel was taken?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Julia's state of mind as she plans to travel to Tuscany?

2. Where doe Julia travel to in the U.S. in her search for Sarah?

3. What does Franck Lévy show Julia, and what does it make her feel?

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

5. What does Julia decide to do about her pregnancy and her marriage?

6. How does Julia's pregnancy affect her feelings about Sarah's history?

7. Describe Sarah's return to her apartment.

8. What decision does Julia change her mind about?

9. What are the contents of the letter Gaspard DuFaure gives Julia?

10. What does the narrator say Julia is troubled by?

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

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 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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