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. The Earl of March envies John, but thinks he has one strength and advantage that John does not:

2. Who was Isolda?

3. What illness does Nichola, Hugh's stepmother, have?

4. What keeps Katherine from going to Bolingbroke sooner?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Costanza tells John that she had a dream. What did she dream that sets this chapter into motion?

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

3. What did you think of the duke when he expresses joy over Hugh's death?

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

5. Describe Katherine's journey on the ship to Bordeaux.

6. In this new phase of Katherine's life, she lives in the Inner Court at Kenilworth Castle. Once again, she is quite different from the Katherine at the beginning of the story, and the Katherine who was outwardly loyal and devoted to her abusive husband Hugh. Describe how she is once again different.

7. Despite seeing the cross at the entrance to Bolingbroke that indicates the estate has been contaminated by the Plague, Katherine goes in. Why does she take such a risk?

8. 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?

9. What happens to the duke after he exits the commemorative mass for Blanche, and how does he react?

10. What is Richard's reaction when the duke--who calls himself King of Castile--pledges his allegiance to him? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fate is a theme that threads throughout the novel. Despite Katherine's dislike for Hugh, she resigns herself to marrying him. How does this example illustrate the concept of accepting one's fate?

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

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.

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