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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who watches out for the narrator?
(a) Hélène Lagonelle.
(b) The younger brother.
(c) The older brother.
(d) The bus driver and ferry hands.

2. What helps to awaken the narrator's sexuality?
(a) The mother.
(b) Her new clothing.
(c) A play she sees.
(d) Her schooling.

3. How does the mother die in the novel?
(a) From the same disease as the father.
(b) Getting hit by a bus.
(c) The older brother murders her.
(d) Drowning on the passage to Paris.

4. Where does the narrator get her dresses?
(a) From her mother's castoff dresses.
(b) From a boutique.
(c) From a second-hand store.
(d) From Paris.

5. The major events recalled in the novel about the time the family lived in Chochinchina happen when the narrator is _________ years old.
(a) Seventeen and one half.
(b) Sixteen and one half.
(c) Fifteen and one half.
(d) Eighteen and one half.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the mother equate the narrator's awakening sexuality with?

2. Although seemingly impossible, according to society at the time, what could the wives of the colonial potentates have done to keep their husbands from straying?

3. What type of courses does is the younger brother enrolled in?

4. In contrast to what the mother plans, what does the narrator want to be?

5. How old was the narrator when she cut her hair for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the social and economic status of the lover when the narrator meets him?

2. Briefly describe the life of the narrator around the time she is fifteen.

3. What becomes of the older brother after the narrator's family moves back to France?

4. In what way does the narrator participate in the trend of the colonial potentates taking younger French mistresses?

5. Would the brothers and the narrator be considered to be equals?

6. What is the relationship between the mother and Dô, and what does it indicate?

7. In segment 14, the school officially complains to the mother about the outlandish behavior of her daughter. What does the mother say and how does the school respond?

8. Describe the conversation between the mother and the daughter shortly before the family departs for France.

9. During the height of the relationship, the narrator becomes increasingly fixed on her friend, Helene Lagonelle. What does the narrator express desire to do concerning Helene Lagonelle?

10. Why does the lover fear the relationship will become public?

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