Honor's Splendour 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. How long does Madelyne sleep after Edmund sews up her wound?

2. Why does Madelyne bump her head in Chapter 12?

3. Who teaches Madelyne to read and write when she is young?

4. Who is by Madelyne's side for three days while she is delirious?

5. Who is Anthony?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter One, how does the author support the idea that Duncan is a warrior before all else?

2. After stopping for the night and traveling the next day, why does Gilard nag Duncan to stop their journey?

3. Madelyne promises Adela that she obtains a promise from Duncan that is slightly deceitful. What is the promise and how is it deceitful?

4. Who or what are some of the people or beings who appear in Madelyne's dreams while she is sick with fever?

5. Why is Louddon shocked when he first sees Madelyne after she returns from years at the monastery?

6. Why is Madelyne repulsed at the meal in the great hall?

7. How does the author establish Madelyne as a good person in Chapter One?

8. How does it happen that Adela takes her first bath in months?

9. How is the squire with the bright yellow hair described?

10. Why does Madelyne do in Chapter 12 that causes Duncan's temper to flare enough to bellow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Madelyne overhears enough talk so that she believes that King William's brother Henry is becoming restless from lack of responsibility and may eventually try to overthrow William. Madelyne advises that the same situation brews between Duncan and his brothers if he doesn't find things that they can do on their own. Is there a foreshadowing of events in the Wexton family, the royal family, or both? Use the novel to provide examples of foreshadowing and explain how foreshadowing is used to build tension and interest in the story.

Essay Topic 2

What does the author tell us about Morcar? What is his effect on the other characters in the novel, especially Adela, Madelyne, Duncan and Gerald? What does Duncan learn from Gerald's fight with Morcar on the battlefield? Why is Morcar in the novel? What part does he play in the romantic relationships in the novel, and in particular, the relationship between Madelyne and Duncan? What, if anything, does the author tell the reader about the consequences of evil deeds? Pick three ways that the author uses the character of Morcar to advance some aspect of the story. Provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Duncan admits that he doesn't like change, which Madelyne brings to his household. He believes that more change comes as long as she stays. What is Duncan's reaction to change? Is Madelyne a symbol of change in the novel? Why does Duncan want to marry Madelyne when he knows that she represents change in his life? Does he like the changes or is he merely putting up with change to appease her until she is his wife? Is Madelyne changing how Duncan perceives the world? Write an essay that discusses how Madelyne represents change in Duncan's world and provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

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