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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. Who does Henri say he is going to kill when Louise asks him?

2. What is the fog that descends over Venice called?

3. Why doesn´t Villanelle want to work in the bakery?

4. How does Villanelle calm herself?

5. Why does Napoleon send Henri back to Boulogne?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the name of the institution that Henri stays in? Why is he moved to a different room?

2. What does Henri say the smell of porridge reminds him of? How did he feel during that time?

3. What does Villanelle tell Henri he must find in the Queen's house? How does Villanelle convince Henri to do this?

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

5. What does Bonaparte do to Henri to show his approval when he hears about Henri and the cook? What does he say about Henri's idea?

6. When Villanelle visits the Queen in Chapter 4, what does she realize about their relationship? What is she afraid of while she visits? What does she do to protect herself?

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

8. What does Henri do to the cook that impresses Bonaparte? Where did he get the idea?

9. What is a vivandiere? Why are they sent to the camps?

10. Why does Villanelle decide to marry the meat man? What does she say they had in common?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between the two narrators is a central theme in The Passion. Write an essay about the relationship between Villanelle and Henri from both sides, as Winterson does. How is their love impossible?

Essay Topic 2

In The Passion, sexuality is a key theme. Write an essay on the role of sexuality and gender in the novel, and its effect on the characters. Be sure to use at least three characters in your argument.

Essay Topic 3

In The Passion, religion plays an important part of the lives of many of the characters. Also, Winterson uses religious terminology and diction often in the novel. Write an essay on the influence of religion on the characters of the novel and the novel itself. What does religion bring to The Passion?

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