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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 kind of musical interests does Pepys have in January-June 1660?

2. What gift does Pepys receive for his wife?

3. Finally in July-December, 1663, who is hired as his wife's new maid?

4. What does Pepys nearly injure in January-June 1660 when firing a gun?

5. In January-June 1660, what does Pepys celebrate the anniversary of?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the business of war consume Pepys time in January-June 1665?

2. Explain Pepys's feeling about the King wearing a wig.

3. What does Pepys keep after cleaning in July-December 1664?

4. How does Pepys close his journal?

5. What does the need for money in the Navy prompt Pepys to do?

6. What becomes of the rumor about a large sum of money buried at the Tower of London?

7. Describe what life on the ship is like for Pepys when he sets sail with Lord Sandwich in January-June 1660.

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

9. What is happening with the Navy in July-December 1664?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the dire state of the country in January-June, 1665. Who is suffering the most? Who takes advantage of that and how?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the symbolism of the coronation of the King in January-June 1661.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Pepys's treatment of his wife with his treatment of the servants.

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