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Bonjour Tristesse Essay Questions

When Bonjour Tristesse first appeared, Françoise Sagan was only nineteen. Her remarkable achievement in producing a stylistically masterful novel at such a young age accounts to a large degree for the worldwide celebrity that immediately ensued. Sagan, whose pen name was borrowed from a character in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1922; Remembrance of Things Past, 1922-1931, 1981), was romanticized by the public, which saw the novel as an allegory of adolescent alienation and identified the author with her tragic heroine. Sagan tried to live up to the image she had created, using literature to achieve the kind of celebrity later associated with Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol. As such, she remains an important figure who bridges the gap between high and popular culture and whose status as a media icon has at times overshadowed her accomplishments as an author, playwright, and filmmaker.

The tragedies of Sagan’s own life, such as a near-fatal accident in her Aston Martin in 1957, her history of alcoholism and addiction during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and her physical collapse while accompanying French president François Mitterrand on a trip to South America in 1985, have dominated tabloid headlines in France and around the world. Her love of fast cars is in itself famous, and she has used the image of driving at the limit of control as a metaphor for life. She became addicted to painkillers during the recovery from her car accident, an experience that she recounts in Toxique (1964), a powerful text on the psychological effects of drugs.

Sagan has always been aware of the dangers associated with wealth and glamour, and she even addressed those dangers prophetically in her first...

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Literature – Maupassant

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Maupassant Introduction & la Mère SauvageWordIntroduction on Maupassant (Multiple choice) and Vocabulary and Questions on Mother Savage
La Mère SauvageWord15 Comprehension Questions on Mother Savage
Bonjour TristesseWordQuotes and what do they mean? Not sure if linked to Maupassant, please email me if they aren’t.
Boule de Suif PenseesWordMain themes of the short story, overview of main character and some comments on themes and quotes.
Boule de Suif Vocab & QuestionsWordVocabulary on Boule de Suif and plenty of questions for comprehension and discussion
Boule de Suif – ResumeeWordSummary of the beginning of the story
Boule de Suif Model EssayWordDécrivez les caractéristiques des Prussiens dans ces contes de Maupassant.  A votre avis, que voulait-il montrer à travers cette représentation des Prussiens ? – Model Answer
Boule de Suif Essay PlansWordTwo essay plans: Comment la Mère Sauvage réagit-elle en découvrant que son fils est mort?  Pensez-vous que la fin de ce conte soit réussie?  Justifiez votre réponse. AND “Il ne faut jamais résister aux gens qui sont les plus forts” dit le comte à Boule de Suif. Expliquez pourquoi il le dit.  Est-ce toujours les forts qui gagnent?
Un DuelWordQuestions on Un Duel
Essay TitlesWordPast essay titles (Edexcel) on Boule de Suif
Essay Titles 2WordPast essay titles (Edexcel) on Boule de Suif and other war stories
Moupassant Essay PlanWord« Pour Maupassant la guerre est à la fois cruelle et stupide. » Jusqu’à quel point êtes-vous d’accord avec cette affirmation ? Quels autres aspects de la guerre sont décrits par Maupassant ?
Mixed QuotesWordWhere do these quotes come from? And what do they mean?

Liturature – Moliere

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Avare Quotes

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Avare quotes – who says them and what do they mean?
Harpagon

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Harpagon – Description et Reflection: Act by act description of the character and key quotes followed by past essay titles (Edexcel)
Themes in Avare

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Malentendus, Duperies + Comedie in Avare
Video Questions

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Video Questions and initial Avare questions
Essay Titles

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13 Essay questions on Avare

Literature – Sagan

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Bonjour Tristesse

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Quotes and what do they mean?
Cecile

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Main character information: Cecile
Model Essay

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Décrivez les aventures des enfants/adolescents dans le livre de votre choix.  Étaient-ils heureux? Model Essay answer for Bonjour Tristesse
Essay Plan

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Décrivez les problèmes d’un adolescent dans un livre que vous avez lu.  Qu’est-ce que vous auriez fait à la place de l’adolescent? Essay plan for Bonjour Tristesse
Questions 1

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Questions for chapters 1-3
Questions 2

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Questions for chapters 4-6 and more questions for chapters 1-6
Questions 3

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Questions for chapters 7-12
Summary

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A summary of the story and it’s main points

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