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. Why can't Katherine go home?

2. Who or what are the "four dread horsemen of the Apocalypse"?

3. What keeps Katherine from going to Bolingbroke sooner?

4. The Friar, Brother William, doesn't suspect Katherine of foul play in Hugh's death. Instead, he believes that:

5. The Duke goes into seclusion after Blanche's burial, permitting only this person to see him:

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. Katherine's sister Philippa is engaged to the writer Geoffrey Chaucer and her future seems set. While Philippa is concerned about her younger sister's welfare, she's also jealous of her. Why?

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

4. 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?

5. Nirac becomes a pivotal character in this part of the duke and Katherine's lives. What does he do?

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

7. Katherine meets her future husband Hugh Swyndon in this chapter of the story. Why does Katherine have reservations about marrying this man?

8. Who breaks up the fight between Roger DeCheyne and Hugh Swynford? And how does Katherine react to this?

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

10. Despite his love for Katherine, who is the Duke of Lancaster hoping to marry, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are numerous ironic moments and events in this story, but by far, one of the most ironic is the friendship that develops between Katherine and Blanche, the Duchess of Lancaster. Explain how this friendship starts, how the two women get along, and why in the end it is deeply ironic.

Essay Topic 2

Symbols play a great part in the lives of people during the medieval years. Choose three symbols from the story and explain their significance to the characters involved.

Essay Topic 3

At the start of Katherine's story, she leaves the convent for the Queen's court in the company of two nuns and the lustful Long Will. Katherine has great hopes for her life and for finding love. Yet the author writes: "It was a sad pity she could hope for no great marriage". Why does the author say this? Is Katherine doomed?

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