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 does the senior Monsieur Pericand realize he needs to do once he is wrapped up and put in the car?

2. What is the condition of the soldier in Chapter 13?

3. Who does Jeanne Michaud often thinks she sees on her way to Tours?

4. How does Madame Pericand speak to her son, Hubert?

5. Why does Gabriel Corte refuse to sleep in the hotel room offered to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene between Corbin and the Michauds concerning their voyage to Tours. What does Corbin threaten the Michauds with if they do not meet him in Tours?

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

3. Describe the scene in the town where Gabriel Corte has refused a room.

4. What does Philippe Pericand volunteer to do when the citizens of Paris begin to evacuate the city?

5. Describe the character of Arlette Corail.

6. What is the feeling of the townspeople when the Germans finally arrive in the town where Arlette Corail is staying?

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

8. Describe the character of Charles Langelet.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel opens in June and the weather and scenery are described throughout the novel as variations of lovely. Discuss the contrast between the weather and war. Why does the author constantly remind the reader of the nice weather? How does the weather affect the moods of the characters and the novel? How did the author put an emphasis on this connection by naming the first part of the novel Storm in June? Also, discuss the connection between the blossoming of spring in the second part of the novel with the blossoming of the love between Lucile and Bruno. Provide description and examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the presence of one of the following themes in the novel: money, love, food, enemies, secrets, friendship, charity. How is the theme present in the novel? What characters or situations does the theme relate to? Provide examples. What is the theme's importance in the novel?

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