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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. Katherine reaches Blanche just in time to:

2. In 1372, Costanza gives birth to a daughter named Catalina. What is that name's equivalent in English?

3. In Parliament, the king seems to be interested only in:

4. What does Katherine tell John when she returns to Bordeaux?

5. Why does Philippa end up sending Katherine to Bolingbroke?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Initially the duke sends Katherine away, only to suddenly call her back when she's visiting Hawise and the Pessoners. Do you think the duke was rash to turn to Katherine so quickly?

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

7. When the duke and Katherine meet, he decides to make a personal blazon of arms for her. What reason does he give for doing this?

8. 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?

9. What happens between Nirac and Hugh that foreshadows trouble ahead?

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

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

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

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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