Katherine 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. Who was Isolda?

2. When John returns to celebrate St. George's Day, what does Katherine find Hawise doing in her bedroom?

3. Once Katherine is resigned to marrying Hugh, what does she give him?

4. What announcement does the Duke of Lancaster make when he arrives?

5. How does Bolingbroke, the home of the Lancasters, compare with Kettlethorpe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Initially the duke sends Katherine away, only to suddenly call her back when she's visiting Hawise and the Pessoners. Do you think the duke was rash to turn to Katherine so quickly?

2. What happens between Nirac and Hugh that foreshadows trouble ahead?

3. Shortly after her wedding, Katherine and Hugh stop at Waltham Abbey, where they visit a shrine containing a large black cross. What happens to Hugh at the shrine that foreshadows dark events to come?

4. When the duke and Katherine meet, he decides to make a personal blazon of arms for her. What reason does he give for doing this?

5. When Katherine arrives at the dilapidated Kettlethorpe, she meets Gibbon. What is Gibbon's role at the manor, and who is he in relation to Hugh?

6. When Katherine leaves the convent where she has lived for the past five years, she is excited because she has yearned to experience life outside the Sheppey Priory walls. During the journey to the queen's court, and upon her arrival, what kinds of people does she meet who make her quickly realize how protected a life she has led?

7. Alice Perrers experiences the House of Commons's most viral attack. Of what do they accuse her?

8. Was it foolish of Katherine to refuse an escort back to Kettlethorpe? Why or why not?

9. Who takes Katherine from the pier to Hugh's lodgings when she arrives in Bordeaux? And how does Hugh receive this escort?

10. Name some of the devastating events of 1369 and how they affect Kettlethorpe.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By the time John Ball has led mobs of angry peasants into London, it's clear that there is a great disconnect between the royals and the serfs. The serfs are fed up with their lot and can no longer take it. Can you think of protest in American history that is similar to the peasant's protests against the poll tax and feudalism of medieval England?

Essay Topic 2

When Katherine first arrives at the castle with Blanche's funereal procession, the king is described as sad. not just because of the Duchess's death, but also because he recently became a widower himself. Yet, a short while later, the king's mistress, Alice Perrers, turns the royal dinner, held ostensibly to honor the life of Blanche, into a circus. First, describe the dinner setting. Although Alice doesn't have an official title or rank in the royal court, does this event demonstrate power she has over the king, and therefore also over the court?

Essay Topic 3

Katherine versus Costanza. What does each woman bring to the duke? And what do we learn about the duke's ambitions and his insecurities by marrying Costanza?

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