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

2. What does Phillipe do for a living?

3. During their walk on the footpath in the woods, what does one of the boys do that disturbs Father Philippe?

4. Which of the following best describe Charles Langelet?

5. Which material possessions does Charlotte Pericand forget after fleeing the burning village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the atmosphere of Paris and among its citizens in Chapters 5 and 6?

2. Describe the Michauds.

3. What is Maurice Michaud's view of the migration and his feelings regarding his situation?

4. How do the experiences while fleeing Paris affect the character of Gabriel Corte?

5. What has Hubert Pericand decided to do concerning the war and why?

6. Describe the character of Charles Langelet.

7. Describe the character of Charlotte Pericand.

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

9. How does Chapter 20, with the scene of the cat in the garden, contrast with Chapter 21, as the Pericands flee the burning village?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many authors write fiction based on a period in history from which they are far removed. However, Irene Nemirovsky was writing this novel based on France in World War II during the time the events occurred. What influence do you think this had on the novel? How can we see the author's feelings about the war and the occupation through her book? Do you think any of the characters echo the author's feelings? Which ones and why?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in the novel go through some kind of character development even if it is only momentarily or small. Hubert Pericand, though, seems to go through the most changes in the novel as he develops from a naive child to a reflective young man. What experiences lead to the change and growth of Hubert Pericand? How do these experiences affect his personality, beliefs, and ideals? Does his mother's opinion of him change throughout the novel? What types of things does Hubert begin to question when he learns of his brother Philippe's death when he returns to Nimes?

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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