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

2. Why does Katherine not hesitate to go into the plague-contaminated Bolingbroke?

3. What important event takes place in April 1369?

4. Katherine goes to mass and runs into John, disguised as a pilgrim. He tells her:

5. After the queen finally meets Katherine, what does she order for the convent?

Short Essay Questions

1. It is ironic that Katherine goes back to Kettlethorpe?

2. Describe Bolingbroke. How is it different from Kettlethorpe?

3. Describe changes in Katherine now from the Katherine introduced at the start of this story:

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

5. The Duke has grown quite mad with his obsession over his heritage. While Katherine talks to him, she learns that someone is at the root of John's fears. Who is this person?

6. What does Philippa, Katherine's older sister, say in a letter that upsets Katherine deeply?

7. 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?

8. King Richard turned out to be quite deceptive. Do you think he got what he deserved in the end?

9. Although Alice Perrers is free again and with the king, this status is short-lived when what happens? And what does she do?

10. What does Katherine do during her pregnancy that leads the servants to believe she might be losing her mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Religion plays a large role in the daily lives of people in the middle ages. Explain how two of Katherine's experiences--when she sees the "pyx" pass the Chaucer home and when Hugh's sword falls to the floor at the abbey-- demonstrate this point.

Essay Topic 2

Brother William the friar is an interesting and important character until his death. Why does he harbor suspicions and resentment toward Katherine? And despite this, why does he stay in service to the duke? How would Katherine's life turned out differently if Brother William had not told her of his beliefs regarding Hugh's death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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