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. Who does Merivel learn traveled this way before?
2. Who does Celia love?
3. What reason does Merivel give Celia for coming to the roof?
4. How does Merivel think the King feels about him?
5. What does Merivel's painting instructor want Merivel to get him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
2. What does the King advise Merivel to do with his life?
3. How does Merivel imagine the representation of his astrological sign?
4. What prompts Katherine to try to hang herself?
5. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
6. What news does the King give Merivel when Merivel answers the summons?
7. What happened to the new owner of Bidnold?
8. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
9. What is Merivel's life like after the fire?
10. Describe what Finn tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the novel's treatment of women.
1) How does the novel portray women? What role do women hold in the society, and how does their societal role affect their behavior and personalities?
2) How do the male characters perceive and react to women? What do the male characters think of women, and how do they treat women?
3) How does the author perceive women? How can you distinguish between the characters' perceptions and the author's perception?
Essay Topic 2
Merivel experiences different types of lives in the novel. He lives in the King's Court. He lives in a manor as a Lord. He also lives in a mental hospital, and in Cheapside, an impoverished area of London. In these different ways of life, Merivel finds differnt kinds of fulfillment and happiness. Discuss fulfillment and happiness in the novel.
1) Where is Merivel most fulfilled and happiness? Why?
2) Compare Merivel's happiness in the presence of the King to his happiness in the presence of Pearce. What different types of fulfillment do Merivel's most valued friends provide him?
3) How does Merivel's perception of what will make him happy change over the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Power is a defining element in relationships in the novel. Discuss power in the novel.
1) What gives characters power over others in the novel?
2) What gives the King power, and what are the limits of the King's power? How does the King use his power?
3) What kind of power does Merivel have as a doctor and as an associate of the King in the novel? How does he use this power?
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