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. To whom is Hugh indebted?

2. Hugh takes the drink from Katherine and soon thereafter dreams of the Kettlethorpe Pooka Hound with "fiery-red eyes." What does the Pooka Hound symbolize?

3. Why does Katherine not hesitate to go into the plague-contaminated Bolingbroke?

4. In addition to dystentery, what else plagues Hugh?

5. Katherine soon discovers the real reason she has been called upon:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Costanza tells John that she had a dream. What did she dream that sets this chapter into motion?

4. Name some of the devastating events of 1369 and how they affect Kettlethorpe.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What are your thoughts on King Richard? Although he's very young, is he cleverer than he leads others to think? In the end, from what you know after reading this story, does he get what he deserves? Or did he end up being another victim in the royal infighting?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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