The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender 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 is Mrs. Cooper’s first name in the novel?

2. What is Jack and Emilienne’s favorite spot that they go to after the movies in Chapter 5?

3. From what narrative perspective is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender related?

4. Viviane Lavender is described in the novel as having an acute sense of what?

5. When Viviane first meets Jack Griffith, he is digging a hole in his yard that he believes will lead him to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the death of Gabe’s mother in Chapter 7? How old is Gabe at this time?

2. How is the relationship between Fatima Ines de Dores and her brother described in Chapter 2?

3. What happened to Emilienne Roux’s father in 1915, according to the narrator in Chapter 1?

4. Where has Viviane begun working in Chapter 8? Why? Whom does the narrator describe Viviane first encountering at her job in the chapter?

5. Where are Jack and Viviane in the beginning of Chapter 6? How old are they in the beginning of the chapter?

6. How would you describe the narrative style of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender?

7. Who brings gifts to Ava and Henry when they are two? What happens to this character?

8. How does Ava describe Marigold Pie prior to her sweets addiction in Chapter 12?

9. What was known by the community regarding the parentage of Viviane’s children, according to the narrator in Chapter 10?

10. How does the dog Trouver find his way into the home on the hill at Pinnacle Lane? What does Trouver’s name mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the character of Nathaniel Sorrows in the novel. Based on Nathaniel’s diary entries, how does he feel about the strange creature he saw when he arrived at his aunt’s home? How does Nathaniel’s obsession with Ava begin? What happens to Nathaniel at the end of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Cardigan Cooper in the novel. How old is Cardigan when she and Ava first become best friends? How does Cardigan view Ava’s wings? How does their friendship evolve as the girls grow older?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the setting of Seattle, Washington, in the early 1920s, and the location of Pinnacle Lane. How big is this neighborhood when Fatima Ines de Dores lives there? What do the houses look like? How does Fatima’s brother help to develop the neighborhood?

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