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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 does Merivel hear Celia doing the night he returns?
2. What can't Merivel remember when he sees Celia again?
3. What does Merivel do while he's hiding in his room?
4. What job does the Justice of the Peace give to Merivel?
5. How is Merivel's playing?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Merivel convince Lady Bathurst that she has nothing to worry about regarding Celia?
2. What does Merivel find when he returns home?
3. What does Merivel think about when he visits Kaw?
4. Describe what Pearce tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
5. Why doesn't Merivel try to treat his dog himself?
6. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
7. How does Merivel feel about life at the palace?
8. What does Merivel think about his promise as an artist before he begins trying to paint?
9. What does the King's court like about Merivel?
10. Explain the metaphor in the story that Pearce tells Merivel.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Both Merivel and other characters have meaningful dreams in the novel. Discuss the meaning of dreams throughout the novel.
1) Merivel dreams of the King. Is the King of Merivel's dreams the King he knows in life, or does the King represent something different in Merivel's dreams?
2) What does Merivel learn from his dreams? What could Merivel learn that he is not recognizing?
3) What meanings do other characters dreams have? Why does the Quaker hospital worker dream of God, and what do his dreams mean to him?
Essay Topic 3
Merivel is the central character of the novel, and much of the novel revolves around Merivel and his personal perceptions and growth. Discuss Merivel as a character.
1) What are Merivel's primary personality traits at the beginning of the novel? How did those traits develop?
2) How does Merivel change over the course of the novel? How does living at the mental hospital and among the poor in Cheapside affect him?
3) What is Merivel's personality like at the end of the novel? In what ways is he still the same, and in what ways has he changed?
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