Toujours Provence 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. Who gets soaked?

2. Doing more detective work, she soon learns that the dog is staying at a man's house where?

3. The language barrier provides a comedic turn when Benson is presented with what?

4. The man's goal to produce a recognizable version of what?

5. The diners manage to polish off most of the ___________, with the help of Andre.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might Peter's wife still plan a picnic, although he does not like them?

2. How does the book begin? What does this lead him to say about the French?

3. Describe Peter's birthday card. Why might he have been given this?

4. What takes place prior to Boy and the Gregoires' dog breeding? Why does the breeding not go as planned?

5. What does Peter do about the toads story? What does this reveal about Peter's personality?

6. How does Peter end up in the small town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape? How might Peter feel about this trip?

7. What does Peter learn about toads at a cafe? What does Peter think of this? Why might he feel this way?

8. What does Peter say about this tasting experience? Why does he give these details?

9. Describe the truffle business.

10. What does Monsieur X ask Peter to do next spring? What does this reveal about their relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter's return to London is enlightening.

Part 1) Describe Peter's return to London. How is it enlightening? What does it reveal about Peter? What does it also reveal about London, Provence, and the people of these regions of the world?

Part 2) How does Peter continue to change after this visit to London? How are these changes revealed? Do Peter's English friends see these as positive changes? Why or why not? Do you see these as positive changes? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe an experience in your own life that was enlightening. How was it enlightening? How did this experience affect you? Was this a permanent effect? Why or why not? How does your own experience compare to Peter's?

Essay Topic 2

Peter tells a tale of singing toads.

Part 1) Describe the story of the singing toads. Why does Peter include this story in this book? How does this story compare to others in the book? How does this story support the purpose of this book?

Part 2) What does this story reveal or reinforce about Peter? What does it also reveal or reinforce about Provencal culture? What other odd stories are told in this book? Are you able to relate to these stories? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) What odd tales could you tell of your own life? How have these strange events affected you and your life?

Essay Topic 3

There is an influx of visitors to Provence.

Part 1) Describe this influx of visitors. What led to this increase? How has this increase in visitors and other newcomers to Provence affected the region? How does Peter feel about these effects? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

Part 2) How can this influx in visitors be both positive and negative? What might Provence be like today? Do you believe there is still a draw to South France? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe a region in the U.S. that has seen an influx in visitors. Why has travel to this region increased? How might this have affected the region? How has your own community seen growth or decline over time? What has caused this growth or decline? How has this affected your community?

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