Suite Française Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Irène Némirovsky
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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 is item is NOT included in the Pericands' packed car in Chapter 6?

2. Who is Florence?

3. In Chapter 16, where have the Pericand family found a place to sleep?

4. Where are the young couple that Charles Langlet meets headed?

5. After running out of fuel, why is Charles Langelet afraid to leave his car?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charles Langelet feel about his fellow refugees? Why?

2. What does Hubert find when he arrives to join in the fight on the Allier River?

3. What does the elder Monsieur Pericand dictate in his will to the notary?

4. Describe the Michauds.

5. Why do the orphans turn on Father Philippe so violently?

6. What is the status of Jean-Marie Michauds health in Chapter 24?

7. How does Charlotte Pericand feel about Philippe's profession?

8. What does Jeanne Michaud see while on the road to Tours that makes her cry and why does it affect her?

9. According to the conversation between Hortense, Jules, and Aline, what are their feelings toward the rich?

10. Describe the character of Charlotte Pericand.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the different socio-economic classes in France at the time are represented through the different characters in the novel. Identify a character or family of characters that represent each different class, from servants to the working class to the middle class to the upper class. How does the war affect the people in the classes differently? Are the poor more susceptible to the negative attributes of war than the people in the middle and upper classes? How do people from the different classes view the war and the occupation?

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of the novel, the many different characters introduced in the novel appear to only have in common their terrible plight of living and trying to survive in France during the German attack and subsequent occupation during World War II. However, as the novel progresses, many of these characters cross paths and affect the lives of other characters. Describe some of these instances where characters' paths cross. How do these seemingly unconnected characters affect each others' lives either in small or in big ways? How does this affect the novel? What does this tell us about the world in general?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of religion is subtle but used throughout the novel. Example of instances of allusion to religion can be found in the character of Philippe Pericand, who is a Catholic priest, Charlotte Pericand and her Christian "charity," Madame Craquant and praying for the dead in Nimes, and in the arrival of the Germans to the village of Bussy on Easter Sunday. Discuss the theme of religion and its importance in the novel.

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