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. What is Queen Mary doing as Lymond leaves her?

2. Who believes Lord d'Aubigny's denial that John Stewart was part of the assassination plan?

3. Back in France, Lymond meets with a woman who had once been in charge of a distinguished group of ____________.

4. Who fires a flaming arrow at a boat near Queen Mary's boat?

5. What does Queen Mary say to Oonagh the next day that makes Oonagh run away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Lymond tell Richard is the would-be assassin? How does Lymond know this?

2. How does O'LiamRoe enjoy the English court and what is the one aspect of the French court that is still of interest to him?

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

4. How does O'LiamRoe unwittingly stumble upon information related to the plot to kill Queen Mary?

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

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

7. Where does Lymond end up after being captured by Oonagh and rescued from the hotel fire?

8. 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?

9. Why is the riddle about dissolving verbal contracts relevant for Robin?

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

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

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.

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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