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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 controversial statement does John Wyclef make about the sacredness of Mass?
2. What worries Katherine when she learns that both Trastamare and King Charles of France have died?
3. Right before Brother William dies, what does he tell Katherine about Hugh's death?
4. In a conversation with Katherine, Brother William tells her that Pieter and the two monks have been banished to Cyprus. He also tells her to:
5. Katherine visits her beloved Blanche's tomb. In the tomb, she hears Blanche's voice and decides:
Short Essay Questions
1. The Bishop Courtenay, one of the duke's enemies, tells the angry mobs to stop rioting and go home. What do the mobs do to "content" themselves in the meantime?
2. It is now 1395. What has happened to Costanza?
3. Why does Katherine risk revealing her true identity in front of the other peasants in order to save Cob?
4. At the raucous wedding of Henry of Bolingbroke to Anne of Bohemia, Robin, playing a comic character called the Lord of Misrule shouts: "Now shall each man kiss the lady of his heart!" He kisses Katherine. How does the duke respond to this incident?
5. What does the duke learn when he is denied re-entry into England?
6. What state of mind is the duke now in?
7. Although Katherine and the duke are still not married, they openly show their relationship. What are some examples of how they do that?
8. When the news arrives that Trastamare and the king of France are dead, Spain and France are essentially both leaderless. The throne of Castile is now within the duke's grasp. Although Katherine worries about being around Costanza, what does she realize most about the duke's ambitions?
9. Does Katherine have a "happy ever after" ending?
10. It is ironic that Katherine goes back to Kettlethorpe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fate is a theme that threads throughout the novel. Despite Katherine's dislike for Hugh, she resigns herself to marrying him. How does this example illustrate the concept of accepting one's fate?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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