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. What happens when Katherine goes alone to the courtyard?

2. Who does Katherine encounter on the ship to Bordeaux?

3. The Earl of March envies John, but thinks he has one strength and advantage that John does not:

4. What does Roger DeCheyne ask Katherine for?

5. Who or what are the "four dread horsemen of the Apocalypse"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe changes in Katherine now from the Katherine introduced at the start of this story:

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

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

6. 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?

7. What is Richard's reaction when the duke--who calls himself King of Castile--pledges his allegiance to him? Why?

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

9. Despite Hugh's death and pledging their undying love for each other, Katherine and the duke cannot marry. Why?

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

Nirac the Gascon and loyal servant to the Duke of Lancaster is one of the more interesting characters in the entire story. Loyalty is a theme that recurs throughout the story on many levels. Explain why Nirac is originally very loyal to the duke and why that loyalty is eventually tested. Could things have turned out differently for Nirac?

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

Symbols play a great part in the lives of people during the medieval years. Choose three symbols from the story and explain their significance to the characters involved.

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