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 Duke's pious daughter Philippa worries about her father's relationship with Katherine because:

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

3. What happens when Hugh looks up at the black cross in Waltham Abbey?

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

5. Who prevents Nichola from drowning the newborn baby?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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