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. In Chapter One, how is the captive intended to die?

2. Why does Madelyne name Duncan's horse Silenus?

3. What color eyes does the warrior have?

4. What is the origin of the tales that Madelyne tells?

5. Who brings food and draws a bath for Madelyne after she awakens from her fever?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Madelyne refuse to let Simon save her?

2. Duncan takes a nightly swim in the very cold water of the lake. What are his reasons, new and old?

3. Which other men does Duncan notice are attracted to Madelyne?

4. What is Madelyne's reaction to hearing that Duncan and Gilard are going to war because of a sister?

5. Why does Louddon decide to go after Duncan once he discovers the destruction at the castle?

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

7. What is meant by Louddon having a choice between greed and lust when it comes to Madelyne?

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

9. What is Madelyne's reaction to killing a man during the battle?

10. Why does Duncan lie to Madelyne about how much time he spends with her while she is sick with fever?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the function of Gerald in the novel and how does the author use him to contribute to the story as a whole? How does he relate to the Wexton men? How does he relate to Madelyne and Adela? Does the addition of this character advance the plot, reveal character in one or more of the main characters, provide the opportunity for allusion to Greek myths, something else? Pick three ways that the author uses the character of Gerald to advance some aspect of the story and provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

One night Madelyne watches from her window as Duncan dives into the frosty waters of the nearby lake. It's also on that night that she first sees a large wolf on the hill near the castle. Duncan's reputation for being primitive and fearless leads to his nickname, the Wolf. Why is Duncan likened to a wolf from the very beginning of the novel? Which characters liken him to a wolf? What words does the author use to make Duncan seem wolf-like? Why does the novel end with Madelyne being saved from Louddon by the wolf? Compare and contrast Duncan with the wolf, both figuratively and literally. Provide examples from the book to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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