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. Thomas Erskine is to make a treaty between Scotland and ______________.

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

4. What animal attacks O'LiamRoe's dog?

5. O'LiamRoe is to meet the French King for a game of ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the riddle at the beginning of the chapter referring to bees living in the trees of royalty?

2. What are the circumstances of Brice's death and why does Lymond insist that Robin be returned to France unharmed?

3. What role does satire play in the story, and especially in Lymond's life?

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

5. 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?

6. What act must the Queen Mother put on during her visit to France?

7. What clue is left behind by the person who had set fire to O'LiamRoe's bed?

8. Why does Sir George tell Lymond that Queen Catherine might be the would-be assassin?

9. What is the purpose of the arrival in France of the English Ambassage Extraordinary?

10. Who is Antonius Beck? What does Lymond ask Michel Herisson to do regarding Beck?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain Dorothy Dunnett's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where she did.

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

Mary de Guise was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Mary de Guise's life through this book, what were her biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did she manage through them? How did her coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of her life? Explain.

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