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. As Louddon is a powerful man, why is he still afraid of Duncan?

2. Why does Silenus not move during the battle?

3. How long does Madelyne sleep after Edmund sews up her wound?

4. Why does Madelyne only look for Duncan and Gilard in the fray of battle?

5. What happens to Madelyne during the battle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Adela's physical appearance when Madelyne first meets her.

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

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

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

8. When Duncan and his men stop for the night for the first time after leaving the castle, what actions do they take to set up camp?

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

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

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

Lady Eleanor, the woman who Duncan once considers as a marriage partner, is mentioned several times in the novel. While in London, Madelyne is accosted by Lady Eleanor. Use examples of Madelyne's reaction to the mention of Lady Eleanor, and then their actual meeting, to show if there is any change in Madelyne's self confidence. Use examples from the novel to support your argument.

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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