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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Pepys do for cheaper entertainment in January-June, 1664?
(a) Stay at home.
(b) Attend the Hanging of Turner.
(c) Invite friends over.
(d) Go to the country.

2. Who does Pepys run into one afternoon and have an affair with in July-December 1663?
(a) Lady Lord Sandwich.
(b) Mrs. Lane.
(c) Jane.
(d) Ashwell.

3. Finally in July-December, 1663, who is hired as his wife's new maid?
(a) Mary.
(b) Ashwell.
(c) Lady.
(d) Jane.

4. Who does Pepys have multiple meetings with?
(a) Navy officials.
(b) City officials.
(c) His wife.
(d) Spys.

5. Due to Pepys's position with the government in January-June 1660, what does he get propositioned with right away?
(a) Scandals.
(b) Bribes.
(c) Affairs.
(d) New job offers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Once again in January-June 1662, how is Pepys planning to have a frugal life?

2. What does Pepys do each March?

3. What does Pepys think of a Midsummer Night's Dream?

4. Who produces a copy of a letter Pepys had burned?

5. What does Pepys rate as the worst thing he has ever seen in his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the political unrest in January-June 1668?

2. What happens when Pepys hires a new companion for his wife in January-June 1665?

3. Explain why Pepys is celebrating the anniversary of the bladder surgery.

4. Compare the financial status of the Navy with the excessive spending of the Royal Family.

5. What happens when Pepys's family returns to his father's house in the country?

6. Pepys also admits something horrible about a crime he witnessed. What did he admit?

7. While the plague has hit London, what is happening in Pepys's and his wife's life?

8. Explain the struggle with Pepys's wife's companions in July-December 1663.

9. Describe two developments in household affairs that Pepys writes about in July-December 1661.

10. What happens in July-December 1661 to show that Pepys and his wife still have a long way to go fashionably?

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