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. Lymond talks to Abernaci about the ________________ he has for the elephants.

2. Who is Robin Stewart?

3. What is Thady kept busy doing as the court travels to its winter quarters?

4. Lymond learns that Queen Mary's room is never guarded _________________________.

5. Queen Mary's life is at stake and ____________ are suspects.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lymond have a discussion with Abernaci regarding poisons he has for the elephants?

2. Why does O'LiamRoe get so irritated with Thady after he sees him perform at court and what does O'LiamRoe do to Thady to get his point across?

3. What role does Oonagh play in trying to get O'LiamRoe sent back to Ireland?

4. Why have so many people congregated in Rouen, and how does Thady divert disaster when the elephants are spooked in the parade?

5. Who are the two notable characters mixing with the Irish passengers on board the La Sauvee which is bound for Dieppe, France?

6. What is learned about O'LiamRoe's attraction to Oonagh?

7. How does the steeplechase end?

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

9. For whom has Lymond been mistaken and how does this complicate Lymond's life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does the author end the book on a note of hope for Queen Mary and the Queen Mother or the continuance of their struggle to come to terms with the nature and origins of royal roles? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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