Catherine, Called Birdy 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. What does Catherine find Geoffrey doing that changes her opinion of him in April?

2. What does Catherine not know what to do with in August?

3. Who does Catherine talk about running away together with in September?

4. How does Catherine's mother feel after giving birth?

5. What does Catherine do to prepare for her impending marriage to Shaggy Beard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Catherine talk to Aunt Ethelfritha about when she runs away in September?

2. Describe Aunt Ethelfritha.

3. What happens in regards to Catherine's engagement in May?

4. What idea does Catherine come up with at the end of June?

5. What do monks find in Rome? What does the church do with the monks' findings?

6. Who is Aelis to wed in September? How does Catherine react to this news?

7. Who is Odd William and what story does he tell Catherine?

8. What happens in regards to Catherine's engagement in April?

9. What is Catherine's mother's condition in August? How does Catherine's father treat her?

10. What does Catherine feel when she visits Meg in July? Why does she feel this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel Catherine, Called Birdy is set in the Middle Ages. How might this setting influence the actions and reactions of the characters in the novel? How might the novel have been different if it were set in present day?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author of the novel, Karen Cushman. What other works has she received recognition for? Is her work usually similarly-themed? Does she always write in the same genre?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of social status in the novel. What is Catherine's social status? How does her social status influence her life, particularly in regards to her marriage? What does Catherine think of her class and the social class system?

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