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. The epitome of the Lubéron is its charming and picturesque group of villages, the jewel of which is a tiny town named ___________.

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

3. French Vogue follows up with a _____________-page spread about the Lubéron.

4. The tiny airport in Avignon is boasting direct flights to __________________ and will probably soon be referred to as Avignon International Airport.

5. During _____________, in an effort to prevent the outbreak of fires in the spring, the government trims back dry brush and undergrowth from the region.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the drought and fire risk affect Mayle? How does this chapter end? Why does it end this way?

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

3. Why is Mayle in Avignon? Why is this important enough to include in the book?

4. 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?

5. What is the epitome of the Luberon? How is this being destroyed by the increase in visitors and new residents?

6. What is Provence eventually declared? To what does this lead? Will this help the region? Why or why not?

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

8. How is the real estate market affected in Luberon? How is this both good and bad?

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

10. How does this market show cultural differences between the French and other cultures?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Mayles go to a dog show.

Part 1) Why do they attend a dog show? What does the author observe while at this dog show? How is this connected to other parts of the story? What does this reinforce about the characters and their experiences in Provence?

Part 2) What does the author notice about the dogs and their owners? Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Why might the owners do this? Do you find this odd? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are the details of this dog show important to the author? How are the details of life, as a whole, in Provence important to the author? Why? How do these details affect the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Lavender is an important crop in Provence.

Part 1) How does the author reveal its importance in this story? How is the author involved in the growing and/or harvesting of lavender? Why does he get involved? What might the author think of the production of lavender, based on his experiences with it?

Part 2) What other aspects of Provence are uniquely Provencal? How do these combine to make the Provencal culture? What are the author's thoughts on Provencal culture? Why? What are your own thoughts on the Provencal culture? Why?

Part 3) What crops are important in the U.S.? What is specifically grown in your region of the U.S.? How does this affect your community? How does this specifically affect your and your family? How does this, and other aspects of your culture, help you to relate to life in Provence?

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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