Queens' Play Test | Final 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. Where does Lymond travel to to find the French court and deal with Robin?

2. Who is Richard's son?

3. Why do the arrows not pierce Lymond's skin?

4. What musical instrument does Lymond play while visiting with Oonagh?

5. It is learned that Oonagh is the mistress of whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Name some direct and indirect examples that support the riddle regarding a woman who gives herself up to a man because of what he has to offer her.

3. What is the result of Robin's attacking Lymond while the court members are enjoying an evening out of doors?

4. What is Robin's sentence for his part in the plot to murder Queen Mary? Why will the sentence not be carried out?

5. Why is it important for O'LiamRoe to go to Oonagh to attain her compliance with talking about the murder plot?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What deal does the French Ambassador offer to Brice and why is Brice reluctant to take it?

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

Create a brief character study of Mary de Guise. 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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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