The English Patient Test | 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. Who falls in love with the English patient at the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. Why does Caravaggio think Hana is staying with the English patient?

3. What do Hana and the English patient do when they are not talking?

4. What literary device is used when the English patient is talking about his relationship with Katharine?

5. What do Hana and Caravaggio hear one night as they are walking?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the topic of companionship explored in Chapter 4?

2. What is the general purpose of Chapter 4? Is it effective?

3. Describe Kip and his fascination with religious symbols.

4. Why does Katharine decide to breaks off her affair with the English patient?

5. What purpose does the piano serve in the villa?

6. How does Chapter 5 foreshadow later events in the novel?

7. What do you think of the relationship between Hana and the English patient by the end of Chapter 1? Why?

8. Describe Hana's conversation with Caravaggio in the library after Kip and his partner arrive at the villa.

9. What is Katharine's first reaction when she falls in love with the English patient?

10. Describe the significance of the Geographical Society in the story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What effect does World War II have on Ondaatje's novel? How does it add to the story? What impact does the war have on characters, and how might they be different had the story been set during a different time?

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances of irony in Ondaatje's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Ondaatje may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

Essay Topic 3

Ondaatje uses a great deal of imagery in his book, particularly in the final chapters. What specific examples of imagery did Ondaatje include? How does this imagery add to the readers' experience of the story?

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