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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 job does the Justice of the Peace give to Merivel?

2. How does Merivel feel about his wedding ceremony?

3. What does Merivel want to learn to do well for Celia?

4. What happens to Merivel at the house?

5. What is Celia's reaction when the bird dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Celia look like?

2. What is the distinction between the Idle and the Impotent?

3. How does Merivel set about the job given to him by the Justice of the Peace?

4. How does Merivel convince Lady Bathurst that she has nothing to worry about regarding Celia?

5. What does the King tell Merivel in his dream?

6. Describe what Finn tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.

7. Why does Degeulasse de Gourly come to visit Merivel?

8. Why has Celia come to the mansion?

9. Explain what the King hopes to gain by having Merivel marry Celia.

10. Describe what Pearce tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of medicine in the novel.

1) Why does the author choose the medical field as Merivel's profession? What does his desire to be a doctor say about his personality? What is the role of a doctor in a society?

2) How effective is Merivel as a doctor? What qualities does Merivel have that make him a good or bad doctor? How much control does Merivel have over how effective a doctor he is?

Essay Topic 2

Love is an important element of Merivel's relationships with others. Discuss love in the novel.

1) Who does Merivel love and why? What is his love for the King based on? What is his love for Pearce based on? What is his love for Celia based on? Does Merivel truly love any of these characters?

2) Who loves Merivel, and why? What is Katherine's love for Merivel based on? What is Merivel's servant's love for him based on? Does Merivel return any of the other characters' love?

3) How does love between the characters govern their actions in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, responsibility is an important theme. The King holds the responsibility for his kingdom and its people. Parents hold responsibility for their children; lords hold responsibility for peasants and servants. People are responsible for their animals. Discuss responsibility in the novel.

1) What is the relationship of power and responsibility in the novel? What are the consequences for the powerful of neglecting their responsibilities?

2) How do the characters in the novel take responsibility for their own lives? To what extend are the characters capable of being responsible for their own lives and destinies?

3) When and why do characters take responsibility for others?

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