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 the narrator say is troubling Julia in addition to the story about Vel d'Hiv'?

2. What does Bamber notice about Julia?

3. Where is Sarah?

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

5. When did Sarah stop corresponding with the DuFaures?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Julia arrival at the Rainsferds house.

3. What does Franck Lévy tell Julia Jaramond about the Tézacs' apartment?

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

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

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

7. What does Eduard send to Julia, and what does she learn from it?

8. Describe Julia's trip to Drancy.

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

10. Describe Julia interaction with Eduard.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How well made is "Sarah's Key" as a novel? Is it tight, with artful use of theme, motif, metaphor and imagery? Or does it wander, with images and themes coming up and disappearing over time? Does the novel's construction seem deliberate and artful or something else?

Essay Topic 2

How are Julia's pregnancy and her search for Sarah related? Is the pregnancy--and Bertrand's opposition to it--an opportunity for her to look into Sarah's story? Is Sarah's story a counterweight to balance her discomfort about her marriage?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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