Queens' Play Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dorothy Dunnett
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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. Robin Stewart decides that he is going to return to __________________.

2. Who is Michel Herrison?

3. Mary de Guise must act like nothing is wrong and that she has come to France merely to ___________________.

4. For what does the Queen Mother thank Lymond?

5. Lymond plans on using his time at dinner with the King to ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the man the author refers to in the riddle about fasting? Why should this man have maintained his plan to starve himself to death?

3. How can the riddle of putting a horse in a dangerous situation also apply to the deadly situation going on at court?

4. What information is provided at the beginning of the book to help the reader understand the characters and setting?

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

6. What is the source of much of the conflict in Europe in the mid-1500s?

7. What are the Queen Mother's plans for her and Queen Mary's future? How do many people at court feel about the plans?

8. What is the significance of satin and scarlet in this chapter?

9. What secret agreement do O'LiamRoe and Robin make?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ambition takes on an almost human persona in this book. What is this literary technique called? What was the source of some of the characters' ambitions? What did they covet? Why were they consumed with attaining their goals? Cite examples that support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Lymond and Thady. What are their roles within the story? What must Lymond be expert in in order to carry out the personality game in the book? What purpose do both Lymond and Thady serve? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply QUEENS' PLAY? What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

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