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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. How does Celia feel about Finn's task?
2. How does Merivel feel about Finn's task?
3. What does Pearce say about Merivel's love for the King?
4. What does Nell tell Merivel will happen to him?
5. What is Merivel supposed to do for the Idle?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the King order Merivel to do for him at the end of the first chapter?
2. How does Merivel feel about life at the palace?
3. Why does Degeulasse de Gourly come to visit Merivel?
4. What does Merivel find when he returns home?
5. What does Merivel fantasize about while he's having sex with Violet?
6. What does Celia look like?
7. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
8. What does Merivel do after he leaves Celia on their wedding night?
9. Explain what the King hopes to gain by having Merivel marry Celia.
10. What does Merivel think about when he visits Kaw?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the characters' control over their own lives in the novel.
1) How does a character's birth and family affect his or her life in the novel? Can a character change the course of his or her life?
2) How does chance and fate affect the characters' lives in the novel?
3) How do characters control their own lives and futures in the novel, and to what extent?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss rulership and leadership in the novel.
1) The novel centers around King Charles II. What kind of a ruler is he? What qualities make the King a good or a bad leader of his kingdom?
2) What kind of leaders are the Quakers who run the mental hospital? Are they good leaders or bad leaders? How do they make decisions for the people that they govern and care for?
3) What kind of a leader is Merivel? In what instances does Merivel take on a leadership role? Why, and who does he lead? How successful is he?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss fate in the novel.
1) Is Merivel in control of his own destiny? How is Merivel governed by fate in the novel?
2) What determines the fates of the rich and the poor in the novel? Why do characters seem to lack control over their own destinies?
3) Discuss Merivel's rescue of the woman from the burning building. Is Merivel a hero for having saved the woman? How is this incident governed by fate? How does Merivel benefit from it?
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