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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 holiday is noted that Pepys observes in January-June 1661?

2. What happens on New Year's Day 1662 when Pepys wakes up?

3. Who takes lessons with Pepys in in January-June 1663?

4. Why was this anniversary celebrated in January-June 1660 a big deal at the time?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the gossip about the Queen in July-December 1663?

4. in January-June 1665, what are the household issues Pepys once again continues?

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

6. What happens when Pepys tours theaters backstage?

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

8. Why does Pepys's plan to lead a frugal life also include some indulgence?

9. Describe what we know about Pepys's interests that are described as the story opens.

10. What is Pepys wanting to do with his bladder stone in July-December 1664?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Pepys detailed the beatings of his staff so much? What reasons were given for these beatings, and were they accepted at the time? What does this say about him? How did it change your feelings about him?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the domestic violence in Pepys's household. How does it illustrate gender norms of the time? Be sure to talk about possible reasons why Pepys treats his wife the way he does.

Essay Topic 3

Describe why the humanity of the Royals often catches Pepys by surprise. Compare and contrast Pepys's opinions about the Royals as the book continues.

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