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. Who prevents Nichola from drowning the newborn baby?

2. What does Katherine realize about herself after hearing Geoffrey read the love poem?

3. Who helps Katherine deliver her baby?

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

5. Also at the House of Commons, Alice Perrers is accused of:

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

3. It is now 1395. What has happened to Costanza?

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. After the king's men kill Wat the tiler, the king rides up to the front rebel lines and declares himself their leader, the leader they had hoped for. The rebels cheer. Why do you think the rebels are so quick to embrace Richard?

9. What state of mind is the duke now in?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Brother William the friar is an interesting and important character until his death. Why does he harbor suspicions and resentment toward Katherine? And despite this, why does he stay in service to the duke? How would Katherine's life turned out differently if Brother William had not told her of his beliefs regarding Hugh's death?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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