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

2. What does the cook serve Napoleon´s chicken in?

3. How many hands high was Napoleon's horse?

4. Why does Villanelle dress like a boy when she works at the casino?

5. What is the woman who kisses Henri on New Year´s Ever holding?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the name of the main character? When do we first hear it?

4. What does the waiter bring Villanelle while she is waiting for work? Who does she see soon after?

5. While Henri serves in Court, what does he see Josephine doing? How does this make him feel?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In The Passion, Villanelle tells a story about two men who bet their lives against each other. Write an essay on the theme of "The stakes of life" in the novel, using Villanelle's story as a background to your argument. Make sure you use at least 2 examples that mirror Villanelle's story.

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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