Authors use epigraphs to link their books to other literary works with similar themes. This epigraph features the first two lines of an Emily Dickinson poem. Use the link below to read the complete poem and to answer the following question. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on this epigraph, it is a reasonable prediction that an important theme of this book will be
This prologue is an excerpt from the climax of the book. Keep an eye out for when we see this important passage again.
This story is narrated from a first person point of view. Watch the video below for a definition of this term. What are some advantages of a first person narrator? (This annotation contains a video)
Any English word which ends with -phobia or -phobic refers to a type of fear. Based on the context, what is agoraphobia?
The map below illustrates the geography of Paris' arrondissements. Though Kate may not consider the seventh to be trendy, it does contain some of Paris' most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower. (This annotation contains an image)
The importance of this moment is highlighted because the author uses __________ in this line.
What does this simile tell us about how Kate copes with her parents' deaths?
Here, Kate uses a simile to describe how she feels in the wake of her parents' deaths. Watch this video for a definition of a simile. (This annotation contains a video)
Catherine Deneuve is a famous French actress. She has been nominated for the Cesar Award- France's version of an Oscar- twelve times. (This annotation contains an image)
Which word best describes the mood of this scene?
In many movies or books which feature a romance, there is a "meet cute:" a scene in which the couple meets for the first time. According to Wikipedia, the scene "commonly involv[es] contrived, unusual, or comic circumstances... frequently lead[ing] to a humorous clash of personalities or beliefs, embarrassing situations, or comical misunderstandings that further drive the plot." In what ways does this scene meet that definition? (This annotation contains a link)
At the conclusion of her first interaction with Vincent, Kate primarily feels
Which of the following statements about Kate is most accurate?
Pablo Picasso was one of the founders of Cubism, an art movement featuring abstractly rendered subjects. Below is one of Picasso's paintings, "The Weeping Woman." (This annotation contains an image)
Vincent is all of the following except
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a 1961 iconic Hollywood film staring Audrey Hepburn. Below is a video of the movie's most famous scene, in which Audrey's character Holly sings "Moon River." (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following lines does not contain a detail which demonstrates the sudden, new mood Vincent switches to?
It may seem odd that Vincent feels it's "amusing" that Kate isn't afraid of him. Watch this video for a definition of foreshadowing. Do you have any predictions about what we may discover later in the book? (This annotation contains a video)
In this exchange, Kate insists that she is not merely an archetype. Watch this video for a definition of archetype. (This annotation contains a video)
In your opinion, is Kate more than a "damsel in distress" up to this point in the novel? Provide evidence for support.
Vincent's mood abruptly switches from ________ to ________ as soon as he sees the person he was not expecting.
Like "damsel in distress," "Prince Charming" and "Secret Agent Guy" are also archetypes. In what way has Vincent displayed qualities of both?
Though what exactly they are up to is unclear, which statement is the most accurate about Vincent and Jules?
This simile compares Kate's perception of her surroundings to the environment of a tomb- dark and silent. What does this simile tell us about what happened to her right after the crash?
"Hotel Particulier" roughly translates to "personal inn." The term refers to large, elaborate townhouses, but in many cases they more closely resemble mansions. Vincent's home likely resembles this image. (This annotation contains an image)
From the description of the statue, we can infer that the woman figure appears ________, while the male angel appears ________.
Earlier, you thought of advantages of a first person narrator. Focusing on this scene in particular, can you think of disadvantages of this type of narrator?
What evidence suggests that Kate has misjudged Vincent's character? Give two examples.
Compared to Kate, Georgia is far more
In May 1968, a series of strikes and protests in France's factories and universities led to widespread violence and economic chaos. The video below contains footage from the police evacuation of the Sorbonne, a prominent French university. Although the video is in French, the visual will give you a sense of the violence of the events Kate is researching. (This annotation contains a video)
Kate is viewing this painting: "La partie de cartes." (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not revealed in this chapter?
Authors create mood or atmosphere through their use of detail and description. Watch this video for a definition of mood. Keep this information in mind as you read the description of the house. (This annotation contains a video)
Through her use of detail and description, the author creates a(n) ________ mood in the second half of this chapter.
One stereotype of "slasher-films" is that the young, pretty girl tends to die first. Kate assumes the worst, seeing herself as Jules' next victim.
We can infer that Charlotte, and not Jules, is watching over Kate because
Explain how the allusion to the story of Adam and Eve applies to Kate's situation.
These lines are an allusion to the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible. Click on the link below and read the section entitled "The Fall of Adam and Eve" for a brief explanation of the allusion. (This annotation contains a link)
What evidence led Kate to the conclusion that something was "off" about Vincent?
Why does Jean-Baptiste object to Kate's presence?
Ambrose is characterized as a(n) ________ persona.
According to legend, revenants are ghosts or corpses which return from the dead, oftentimes to terrorize the living. Stories about revenants trace back to the Middle Ages.
"The Twilight Zone" was a popular television series in the 1950s and 60s. Each episode focused on a bizzare science fiction or supernatural story, so the show has come to be associated with the unexplained. Click below to watch the introduction to the show. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not something Kate learned about revenants in this discussion?
Irony is a contrast between expectation and reality. Why is this statement ironic?
Keep an eye out throughout the text for other times the revenants make use of this superpower.
Napoleon Bonaparte led the French Invasion of Russia beginning in June of 1812. (This annotation contains an image)
Which three characters seem most opposed to Kate knowing the secret of the revenants?
Watch the video below for definitions of internal and external conflict. What evidence in this chapter suggests that Kate is having an internal conflict? (This annotation contains a video)
"Knight in shining armor" is an example of a(n)
Why does the author include this flashback?
A euphemism is defined as a word substituted for another word considered to be too harsh, unpleasant, or embarrassing. Find the euphemism in this final paragraph. Why does Kate use this euphemism?
Why does Vincent use his "tranquilizing touch" on Kate?
The "sixth sense" is ESP, or extrasensory perception. Some people believe that humans have the ability to sense when something is wrong or amiss, without any real clues to tell them so.
Using the text, describe in your own words the relationship between a revenant and the person he or she saves.
The video below contains a scene from the movie "Twilight." In the scene, Bella has just discovered that the boy she has a crush on, Edward, is a vampire. Watch the scene in order to answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
What is similar between Kate and Vincent's relationship and the one featured in the clip from Twilight? What is different?
Delacroix means "of the cross." Can you think of any allusions or symbolic associations which might explain why the author chose this last name for Vincent?
Which of the following statements is most accurate about Vincent's relationship with his kindred?
What is the primary difference between a revenant and a numa?
Kate uses a simile to describe Paris at night. Her view probably resembles this photograph of the Pont des Arts at night. (This annotation contains an image)
Which adjective best describes Georgia's feelings about Kate's relationship with Vincent?
Vincent can't read minds, but because Kate is our first-person narrator, we can. What lines give us insight into how much Kate likes Vincent?
Les Deux Magots ("the two figurines") is a famous French cafe and tourist attraction. It was the favorite hangout of Ernest Hemingway while he lived in Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
Chronologically, how do these two paragraphs relate to one another?
Which of the following feelings does Kate experience in this moment?
Think back to comments Vincent has made throughout the book. Why do you think it is so important for Jules to move Ambrose's body?
Dating back as far as 3000 BC, amphora are ceramic vases, like the one below. Some amphora were decorated with paint or etchings which depicted men in various poses. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Papy's reaction to Kate's muttering suggest?
A revenant's motives for saving other people are
Characterization is the process of how a character's personality is revealed to the author. How does this detail reveal a new side to Jean-Baptiste?
What does this comment foreshadow?
Kate has learned quite a few ways in which revenants are different from human beings. Identify two ways in which revenants and humans are the same.
What is the second paragraph of this chapter is an example of?
Kate uses a metaphor in these lines. What do you think the "black abyss" represents?
Explain why Kate feels that Tennyson was wrong in his poem.
Kate refers here to several lines from the poem "In Memoriam" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: "I hold it true, whate'er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." (This annotation contains an image)
In this simile, Kate can only avoid the figurative "knife blades" if she
From 1940 to 1944, the Nazi party invaded and occupied Northern France, forcing strict regulations on the French citizen's work, behavior, and communication. Charlotte's parents would have been violating the law by running their underground newspaper. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you feel Kate has shown that she would be able to demonstrate this type of bravery? Why or why not?
La Palette, another of Ernest Hemingway's hangouts, prides itself as a bohemian bar frequented by artists and students. (This annotation contains an image)
Upon seeing Vincent, how does Kate feel?
Scarlett O'Hara is the protagonist of "Gone With the Wind." The book is set in Georgia, and focuses on her struggle to cope with the South's new reality after the Civil War. Her name is synonymous with Southern grace and charm. (This annotation contains an image)
The club is frequented by celebrities; Georgia's entourage doesn't have to pay for anything; an attractive man is dancing with Kate. How does Kate feel during this scene?
"The Catcher in the Rye" was written by J.D. Salinger, so Kate has a "date" with her book. (This annotation contains an image)
Which word best describes Jules' tone during this conversation about Charles?
What is Jules' motivation for seeking out Kate?
Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance painter; his most famous painting is "The Birth of Venus." Depicting the goddess Venus emerging from the sea fully formed, the painting is noted for Venus' beauty and grace. (This annotation contains an image)
Art restorers like Mamie fix paintings in many ways- by patching the canvas, as in Jean-Baptiste's case, or lightening or repainting damaged aspects of the painting. This video demonstrates what a good art restorer can do to bring a painting back to life. (This annotation contains a video)
Jean-Baptiste's opinion and tolerance of Kate has
This simile is used to emphasize Vincent's
Brittany is a region in northwest France. On the map below, Brittany is represented as the dark blue section. (This annotation contains an image)
The Maquis is the term used to describe the French Resistance fighters during World War II. While they were diverse in religion, class, and background, the Maquis were united in the goal of making life difficult for the German soldiers occupying France. (This annotation contains an image)
At the moment of his initial death, Vincent demonstrated extreme
Why does the author make this chapter so short?
Watch the video below for a definition of dramatic irony. How is Mamie's comment an example? (This annotation contains a video)
Please explain Charles' conflict in your own words.
Throughout the course of the novel, what have you noticed about the effect Kate's relationship with Vincent has on her?
Which of Vincent's character traits is most emphasized as Kate observes him in this passage?
Excalibur was the legendary sword of King Arthur. To prove he was the one true king, Arthur pulled the massive sword from a stone. A film version of the legend (which Kate refers to here) was released in 1981. (This annotation contains an image)
Romeo is the love-sick male half of the famous Shakespearean couple, Romeo and Juliet. Here, Ambrose is teasing Vincent for being similarly lovelorn. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Vincent's description of his life after Helene's death reveal about him?
The photo below depicts some of the men and women's fashion trends from the 1970s which Kate might see in the photo album. (This annotation contains an image)
What is this line an example of?
How are Kate's experiences with Vincent and the revenants like a surrealist painting?
Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter. His paintings often blur the lines between fantasy and reality, creating a dream-like world. (This annotation contains an image)
Vincent has expensive taste: an average bottle of 1947 Chateau Margaux wine sells for between 1000 and 3000 dollars. (This annotation contains a link)
What does this simile suggest?
Can you make a prediction about why Vincent feels this way about Lucien?
During the Nazi Occupation of France, several different militia forces emerged. While Vincent was fighting against the Germans, Lucien was a member of la Milice, a group which actively attempted to stop people like Vincent from being successful. The picture below depicts several members of la Milice in uniform. (This annotation contains an image)
Click on the link below to read "Survivor's Guilt," a poem by Patricia Kirkpatrick. Use this poem to answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
The Furies are the Greek goddesses of vengeance and retribution. In the picture below, the two women are Furies taking revenge upon a Greek hero. What does the author mean by using this allusion? (This annotation contains an image)
During this conversation with Kate, Georgia is primarily
What do you think is the real reason Kate is so excited about watching a movie with Vincent?
In what ways are Kate and Vincent like any other couple, despite Vincent's supernatural abilities?
All of the following lines are similes except
Joan of Arc lived in France during the 1400s. From an early age, she claimed that she received visions and instructions directly from God. Joan was eventually burned at the stake after being convicted for witchcraft. (This annotation contains an image)
One of the main themes of this novel is resurrection and new life. How does this theme apply to Kate's personal story?
What does this detail suggest about Kate and Vincent's relationship?
Calling something an "old wives' tale" indicates that though the thing being discussed is supposedly true, it is actually just a superstition or based in exaggeration.
Why, most likely, did Charles call Vincent?
The Palace of Versailles is an elaborate castle, approximately 20 miles from Paris, where several French kings and queens lived. It is known for its excessive, over-the-top decor, and has become associated with excess and gluttony. (This annotation contains an image)
What kind of mood is created through this description of the Catacombs?
The Parisian Catacombs house the remains of an estimated six million people. (This annotation contains an image)
In the 400s, Attila the Hun was one of the fiercest and most feared warriors. He invaded and conquered many lands, expanding his empire from modern day Russia to modern day Germany. What does this allusion suggest about Charlotte's preparation for battle? (This annotation contains an image)
As the revenants suit up and prepare for battle, what mood is created?
Explain the symbolism of the statue as it applies to the novel.
What is the irony of Vincent's nickname for Kate?
In this moment, how is Kate most similar to Vincent?
To have blood on your hands is an idiom which means to be guilty of something. In this case, Lucien means it both figuratively and literally.
In this passage, the best adjective to describe Kate is
Though they are ultimately very different characters, what parallels exist between Vincent and Lucien?
Which of the novel's themes is most prevalent in Kate's decision?
In Chapter 19, Vincent stated it was possible, but rare for a revenant to possess a human. What side effects are usually associated with human possession?
The description of Vincent leaving Kate's body contains an example of
After the fight, Georgia feels ________ her sister.
The characters from "The Matrix" movies wear a lot of black leather and are always prepared for serious battle, like Jules is in this scene. (This annotation contains an image)
By ending this chapter with an unexpected statement, the author creates a sense of ________ for the reader.
What reason does Jean-Baptiste have for thinking that the battle is not over?
To "act like someone hung the moon" is an idiom, or figure of speech. From the context, it most likely means to treat someone with
Kate describes Vincent as an "old-fashioned movie star;" he may look a bit like Cary Grant in this scene. (This annotation contains an image)
In "Kill Bill," actress Uma Thurman plays a trained assassin on a mission to kill the people who attempted to kill her. Watch the trailer below to watch Georgia's allusion in action. (This annotation contains a video)
Think back to the symbolism of the statue earlier in the text. How does this statement relate to that symbol?
Watch the video below for a definition of a dynamic character. Consider Kate at the beginning of this novel. How has she changed and grown? (This annotation contains a video)
By comparing their relationship to a flame, Kate is emphasizing the relationship's