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. When was 'The Passion' written?

2. What sign does Henri say Napoleon was born under?

3. What is the height limit for Napoleons' servants?

4. When Henri leaves his hometown, where is his regiment going?

5. Who is Josephine sitting with when Henri serves her melon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Villanelle tell the old homeless woman who she rows past? What does the woman tell Villanelle to beware?

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

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

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

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

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

8. When the rich meat man asks Villanelle to marry him, what prompts her to refuse? How does he react?

9. What does the Queen of Spades leave for Villanelle at the gaming table? What is the item made out of?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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