Toujours Provence Test | Final 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. After the second song, what does Pavarotti do?

2. Mayle is given a lesson by a neighbor in the art of trimming ______________ with a sickle.

3. After sunset, the awards are presented to the winning dogs. What takes place the rest of the night?

4. The Lubéron is described in a recent issue of American Vogue as what?

5. The Mayles and their friend Christopher arrive early to the concert area, equipped with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is a stranger able to prevent Mayle from getting a parking ticket? Why is he able to do something Mayle is not able to do?

2. What is another consequence of the drought. How might this affect the revenue of the region?

3. What does Mayle learn from a woman during the concert? Do you believe her? Why or why not?

4. What fashion icon promotes this region of France? Why?

5. Describe the venue in which Pavarotti performs. Why does Mayle include this information?

6. What does Massot find in the area? What is his next suggestion? Is this a good suggestion? Why or why not?

7. Describe Regis. What are you thoughts about this individual?

8. How does the chapter end? What does this reveal about those involved in dog shows?

9. What is pastis? Why is there a chapter about it?

10. What does Mayle notice about Robert? What does this foreshadow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author finds old coins on his property.

Part 1) Describe the finding of these coins. Why does he involve his neighbors in this? What does this reveal about his relationship with them?

Part 2) What does this treasure-hunting adventure reveal and/or reinforce about the author and others? How does this story compare to others in this book? What similarities exist? How is this book, as a whole, a treasure hunt?

Part 3) What does all this hunting reveal about the author and about Provence? How can you relate to this specific treasure hunt and other stories involving finding something or gaining information about something?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the book is "Toujours Provence."

Part 1) How is this an appropriate title? What does it reveal about the writer? What clues does it give about the writer? What clues does it give the reader as to the subject and purpose of the book?

Part 2) What would another appropriate title be? Why? How important is the title of a book? What does the title reveal about the author and the book? How does it influence the reader?

Part 3) What were your initial thoughts about the title of this book? How did it immediately affect your opinion of the book? How did your opinion of the book evolve as you read the book? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Provence suffers from a terrible drought.

Part 1) Describe this drought. How is the region affected by this drought? How is this drought tied to other stories within this book?

Part 2) In what other ways is Provence connected with nature? How important is nature, the environment, and weather to life in Provence? Explain.

Part 3) How does this drought affect the Mayles? How else is nature an important part of the Mayle's lives, now that they live in Provence? Is nature, the environment, and weather significantly important in your own life? If so, how and why? If not, why not?

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