The Diary of Samuel Pepys Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Pepys go first when he begins his new promotion?

2. Who is the victim of the crime that Pepys's witnesses in January-June, 1664?

3. In January-June 1661, what does Pepys reveal about the King?

4. Where does Pepys attend church as the story opens?

5. Every March, what does Pepys flash back to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Pepys sees a shepherd with his son?

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

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

6. What does Pepys do to prepare for the possibility that he might be captured?

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

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

9. Explain the death in the family in January-June 1664.

10. What kind of strange offer does Pepys get from his uncle for 500 pounds?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The book constantly describes Pepys's vows of determination to stay away from wine and overspending. We also continue to read about his failings in that aspect. How is Pepys a determined character? In what aspects of his life is he less determined?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Pepys is bragging when he writes about going to see a play? How honest is he about his attempt to abstain from wine? What do these things symbolize to him?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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