Honor's Splendour Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Julie Garwood
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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 Madelyne end up in the middle of the battle?

2. What is Madelyne doing while she tells tales to Adela?

3. What surprises Madelyne about the room she stays in while she is sick and recovering?

4. Madelyne says various things while delirious and Duncan informs her of these things when they are in what location?

5. What is Duncan doing when Madelyne sees him out her window?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Duncan think that Madelyne helps Adela heal?

2. What information does Madelyne get from her conversation with Adela in Chapter 10?

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

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 does Madelyne refuse to let Simon save her?

6. Why does Duncan believe that Madelyne has a temper and a passionate nature?

7. What kinds of things does Madelyne do during the enforced isolation during her recovery?

8. What is Duncan's reaction to Madelyne's actions to rescue and warm him?

9. What concerns does Adela have about being with child due to the rape?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In romance novels, the typical heroine changes over time. Honor's Splendour is published in 1987. At the time, the heroine in a romance novel is typically beautiful, admirable in some way, sometimes weak, and often needs a man to save her. Compare and contrast Madelyne to the typical romance novel heroine. Use her relationships with at least two other characters in the novel to prove that she is either a typical or an atypical romance novel heroine. Provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel Madelyne is pregnant, although she doesn't immediately realize it and Duncan finally breaks the news to her. Pregnancy may be symbolic for a fulfillment of the future, new experiences, self awareness, personal growth and the cycle of life. How does the novel describe Madelyne's pregnancy? Why does everyone know that Madelyne is pregnant except for Madelyne? Is there more than one reason for this, an obvious reason and a less obvious one? What does this mean about Madelyne's self-awareness? Is Madelyne a changed woman from the beginning of the novel? Is there more room for growth? Is the pregnancy seen as a reward for Madelyne and Duncan, or something else? Pick three ways in which the pregnancy is symbolic of some aspect of the change in Madelyne, or the change in the relationship between Madelyne and Duncan. Use examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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