The Passion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 did Patrick do before he was recruited by Napoleon?

2. How long has Henri been gone when he returns home on leave?

3. At what time of day to the Venetians hold funerals?

4. How does Patrick feel about working for the French?

5. What did Henri´s mother want to be when she was young?

Short Essay Questions

1. What special talent does Patrick possess? What job is he given by Bonaparte?

2. According to legend, what does a boatsmen´s wife do when she is pregnant? What is she supposed to wish for?

3. How tall are Napoleon's servants? Why is this?

4. What does Henri serve Josephine when he first meets her? Why is Henri uncomfortable during this encounter?

5. What happened to Villanelle´s mother when she was pregnant with Villanelle? What does she believe was the result of this?

6. What does Villanelle call Venice? If one gets lost, what does Villanelle say will not save you?

7. In Part 1, what does Henri say the Blind peddler tells him about the Dark? What happens to this peddler?

8. Why doesn´t Patrick pray to the Virgin Mary? Why does he think this?

9. What does the Queen of Spades order when Villanelle first meets her? What is Villanelle´s reaction to the Queen of Spades?

10. When the little village girl asks Henri who he will kill, what does he reply? How does he clarify this for her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Insanity vs. reality is an important theme in The Passion. Using at least 2 characters, write an essay about the theme of insanity vs. reality in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Henri contemplates snowflakes often in the novel. Write an essay about the symbolic importance of snowflakes in The Passion and why Henri mentions them throughout the novel. Be sure to use at least three examples of Henri talking about snowflakes.

Essay Topic 3

Disability is a common theme amongst the characters in The Passion. Write an essay about the theme of disability in the novel, using at least 3 characters in your argument.

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