Queens' Play Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dorothy Dunnett
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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. Who is the King's lover?

2. Mary de Guise is known as the ___________________

3. Who/What dies as a result of eating the item meant for Queen Mary?

4. Mary de Guise is about to sail to which country?

5. What does Sir George tell Lymond about the Queen Mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the steeplechase end?

2. Who is Jenny Fleming? How is her daughter more like the mother in this relationship?

3. What life-threatening secret is Lymond forced to keep as he performs and entertains at court one night?

4. Why does Lymond (Thady) feel fortunate to be granted a stay in France by the King?

5. In what way does Robin Stewart stand up to John Stewart?

6. What ulterior motives does Oonagh have when she agrees to beginning a relationship with O'LiamRoe?

7. What is the role of Mary de Guise, and why does she require the services of Crawford of Lymond?

8. What does this chapter reveal about what is going on behind the scenes of the story?

9. Explain how Lymond (Thandy) wins over the King to be allowed to stay in France for a longer period of time?

10. What does Lymond learn about the cheetah from yesterday's hunt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothy Dunnett is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of pride. Identify at least two instances about pride in the book and then cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Mary Queen of Scots. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What motivated her throughout her life?

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