Katherine Test | Final Test - Hard

Anya Seton
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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 shocking news does Katherine learn about the king's plans?

2. King Richard rides right up the front line of rebels and tells them that he is now their leader as they wished him to be. How do the rebels react?

3. How old is Katherine now?

4. Richard has no heir, which raises his suspicions toward Katherine. Why?

5. Where does Richard die?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what country is the duke assigned, and to do what?

2. Although Katherine and the duke are still not married, they openly show their relationship. What are some examples of how they do that?

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

4. While Katherine stays in a pilgrim hostel in Waltham, she learns that the king will soon be arriving there, too. What do some of the people there believe the king will be doing?

5. Who is Lady Julian and what does she help Katherine do?

6. It is ironic that Katherine goes back to Kettlethorpe?

7. The Duke has grown quite mad with his obsession over his heritage. While Katherine talks to him, she learns that someone is at the root of John's fears. Who is this person?

8. Does Katherine have a "happy ever after" ending?

9. Cob o'Fenton goes to quite a lot of trouble to help Katherine get to safety after the angry peasants break into and destroy Savoy. However, what does he say when they are safe at the Pessoners and she drinks from his mug of ale?

10. Why does Katherine risk revealing her true identity in front of the other peasants in order to save Cob?

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

Anya Seton's "Katherine" is what is commonly referred to as historical fiction. In the "Author's Note", she says that she never distorted time, place or characters to suit her fiction. She did copious research in writing the story. She could have written about the famous Duke of Lancaster. "And yet Katherine was extremely important to English history". Why do you think she wrote this story? What do you think she wanted people to understand most about Katherine? About woman in medieval England? About English history?

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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