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. A woman sitting nearby insists that Pavarotti does what in between songs?

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

3. In Faustin's opinion, what would be located by the well or near the chimney?

4. Based on its mild climate and upscale life-style, the Provence region is often referred to as what?

5. During the period when Robert was in law enforcement, he ate breakfast where each morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mayle decide to not install a security system? Is this a good reason? Why or why not?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. How does Male find gold coins? Why does this matter to him?

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

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

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

10. Why does the author say that the dogs and owners resemble each other? Do you agree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter makes observations about summers in Luberon.

Part 1) Describe Peter's observations. How does he share these observations with the reader? How does this style of writing compare to the rest of the book? What are your thoughts on the way Peter presents this information?

Part 2) Why are the summers in Luberon important to the author? How are the summers compared to other seasons? How are the details of these summers tied to Provencal and French culture?

Part 3) What are summers like in your own community? How do they compare to summers in Luberon? What are the reasons for these similarities and differences? Would you prefer to be in Luberon or your own community for the summer? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The Mayle's life is full of colorful people.

Part 1) Describe these colorful people. How are these colorful people tied to the unique experiences in the Mayles' lives? How do they support the author's opinion of Provence?

Part 2) How do these people, along with the author's unique experiences, enhance the book for the reader? How do these people affect your own opinion of Provence and France as a whole?

Part 3) What colorful and unique people exist in your own life? How do they affect your life? What would your life be like without them? Would it be better? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author evolves throughout this book.

Part 1) How does he act at the beginning of the book? What are his thoughts and opinions about France at the beginning of the book? Are these opinions and beliefs accurate? Why or why not?

Part 2) How do his beliefs and opinions change over the course of the book? What leads to these changes? How are these changes reflected in his own and his wife's behaviors? Are these good changes? Why or why not?

Part 3) What opinions have you had that changed? What caused these changes? How have these changes affected your life?

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