Catherine, Called Birdy Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Catherine the daughter of?

2. Who is rather withdrawn in November?

3. What does the visitor in February call Catherine?

4. What year is it at the beginning of the novel?

5. What does the reader learn about Catherine's mother's youth in November?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some examples of how life was different in the 1200's compared to how they are now?

2. What does Catherine do during a feast at the end of November?

3. Describe the Christmas celebrations in December.

4. How does Catherine share information about herself? What does she like to talk about?

5. Who are some of the characters that the reader is introduced to early on in the novel?

6. Describe some of Catherine's suitors.

7. What does Catherine learn about the outside world in December?

8. What is the setting of the novel Catherine, Called Birdy?

9. Who are the members of Catherine's family? What does the reader learn about them?

10. How does Catherine scare off a suitor in February?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of marriage in the novel Catherine, Called Birdy. Discuss the marriages/ engagements of Catherine and Shaggy Beard, Lady Aelis and the Duke, George and Ethelfritha, and Catherine's parents. Why do these couples get married? Who decides on the marriages? Are the unions happy ones?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and interpret the character Catherine. What are her defining character traits? What is her role in the story? What struggles or obstacles does she face throughout the novel? Does she grow as a character? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Catherine 's character growth throughout the novel. How does her character compare from when the reader is first introduced to her to when the novel concludes? What events or people in her life prompt Catherine 's growth.

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