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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. John has a dream in which he "felt the touch of the sacred oil as the archbishop anointed him and he had felt, vivid as in waking, the holy pressure" of a certain country's crown. What country's crown?
2. To whom is Philippa engaged?
3. What does Geoffrey Chaucer feel about Katherine's relationship with John?
4. What important event takes place in April 1369?
5. Why does Katherine find Philippa's letter so upsetting?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did you think of the duke when he expresses joy over Hugh's death?
2. Describe Katherine's journey on the ship to Bordeaux.
3. Despite his love for Katherine, who is the Duke of Lancaster hoping to marry, and why?
4. 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?
5. Shortly after her wedding, Katherine and Hugh stop at Waltham Abbey, where they visit a shrine containing a large black cross. What happens to Hugh at the shrine that foreshadows dark events to come?
6. Despite Hugh's death and pledging their undying love for each other, Katherine and the duke cannot marry. Why?
7. What does Katherine do during her pregnancy that leads the servants to believe she might be losing her mind?
8. Describe Bolingbroke. How is it different from Kettlethorpe?
9. What happens to the duke after he exits the commemorative mass for Blanche, and how does he react?
10. Describe changes in Katherine now from the Katherine introduced at the start of this story:
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
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?
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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