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 is Hugh confident he'll return by May?

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

3. What worries Hawise about the affair between John and Katherine?

4. Katherine reaches Blanche just in time to:

5. What does Geoffrey Chaucer feel about Katherine's relationship with John?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who helps Katherine deliver her baby daughter, and what happens right after the umbilical cord is cut?

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

5. At first, the atmosphere surrounding Blanches' funeral and burial is very solemn, very sad. But it turns jovial and circus-like during the supper at court. What happens?

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is it ironic that in Bordeaux, while Katherine tends to her ailing husband and the duke declares his undying love for her, she says she cannot be unfaithful to Hugh? Talk about the internal, emotional tug-of-war that Katherine experiences when it comes to her love for the duke and her feelings toward her abusive husband Hugh.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When the duke leaves the church where he attended a commemorative mass for Blanche, he encounters a mob that accuses him of being the son of a Flemish butcher and not the king's son. Why is this accusation so divisive? Why must the duke fight so hard to prove this accusation wrong?

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