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. What keeps Katherine from going to Bolingbroke sooner?

2. Why does the duke insist on seeing Katherine before remarrying?

3. Katherine soon discovers the real reason she has been called upon:

4. The Duke manages to get Katherine to go to Aquitaine under what pretense?

5. What mode of transport does Katherine use when leaving the convent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does the duke become the "target of an angry, puzzled England"?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Was it necessary for Katherine to punish herself so severely after the death of Brother William and the subsequent disappearance of her Blanchette? Given the manner in which she was raised, do you think that she could have handled the situation any other way?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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