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. Finish the sentence: ¨You play, you win. You play, you lose. _______."

2. What did Patrick do before he was recruited by Napoleon?

3. What does Napoleon do to Henri when he hears the explanation of Henri´s propping-up of the cook?

4. When Henri returns to Napoleon after his leave, why are the Bonapartes spending so much money?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What job does Henri originally want? Who prevents him from getting it?

2. Why did Henri's mother want to run away when she was young? How does Henri say his father won her over?

3. What makes Henri uncomfortable at church? What does he consider his stigmata?

4. What does Patrick say the channels are full of? What danger lies in the channels?

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

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

8. According to the rumors, what do boatmen have? What are they not able to take off?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Passion, a key figure is the Queen of Spades. Write an essay on the role of the Queen in the novel, paying special attention to her impact on both Villanelle and Henri in turn. Be sure to use at least 3 examples in your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Sexual roles an important part in the interaction between the characters of The Passion. Using at least 3 characters, write an essay on the theme of how sexual roles are represented in the novel.

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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