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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. Why does Caravaggio give the English patient what he does in Chapter 6?
2. What is special about the bomb Lord Suffolk was dismantling?
3. What does Caravaggio say he would do when he robbed people's homes?
4. Who was ultimately following the English patient through the desert?
5. Who does the English patient eventually tell about his affair with Katharine?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the reasoning behind Caravaggio wanting to drug the English patient.
2. Do you think Caravaggio was justified in forcing the English patient to talk about his identity? Why or why not?
3. What impact does the death of Lord Suffolk have on Kip? How does it affect his relationship with Hana?
4. What is Kip's relationship with Lord Suffolk like?
5. Explain how the English patient came to be severely burned.
6. What occurs that leads to changes in the relationship between Kip and Caravaggio?
7. In the beginning of Chapter 10, how does Kip prove that he is intentional about making his relationships with others solid?
8. How is the symbol of the Western religious icon brought into Chapter 10?
9. Why would the English patient need to be particularly careful around Geoffrey Clifton? What was significant about his character?
10. Describe the hiding game that Hana and Kip play in the dark.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Which character in Ondaatje's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Identify the concept of a tragic hero (or heroine). Describe one character in Ondaatje's book that you think can be described as a tragic hero, and explain what makes them fit the description. Why does Ondaatje decide to include this particular character in his book? What does he or she represent?
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