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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 Merivel feel about Celia?
2. What does Merivel hire Meg as?
3. What internal organ does Merivel touch in a patient's body?
4. What instrument does Merivel play to get the bird to sing?
5. Where does Merivel go immediately after leaving Whitehall?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Celia look like?
2. Explain the metaphor in the story that Pearce tells Merivel.
3. What does Merivel tell the King after drinking the tampered wine?
4. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?
5. How does Merivel feel about life at the palace?
6. What does the King's court like about Merivel?
7. Why can't Merivel do what Finn asks of him?
8. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
9. What does the King order Merivel to do for him at the end of the first chapter?
10. Describe what Pearce tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the values of the characters in the novel, and how the characters assign value to both material and immaterial things.
1) Discuss the valuation of the "nightingale." What gives it value to Merivel, Pearce, and Celia. Why?
2) How do the characters value immaterial things, such as love, friendship, family, tradition, and religion? What role do immaterial things play in the characters' lives?
3) How do the characters value other people? What is this valuation based on?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss loyalty in the novel.
1) Who is Merivel loyal to in the novel? Does Merivel remain loyal to the King? Why does Merivel lie to Celia about the King's message?
2) Are the characters loyal to themselves? In what ways? What happens when a character is disloyal, to himself or to another?
3) What is the relationship between loyalty and love? Can loyalty in the novel exist without love?
Essay Topic 3
Characters in the novel suffer in different ways and for different reasons. Discuss suffering in the novel.
1) One goal of medicine is to alleviate suffering. How does Merivel try to mitigate suffering as a doctor? How successful is he?
2) How do the poor suffer in the novel? Could their suffering be alleviated? Can one person, such as Merivel, help the poor, or would they need to be helped by changing the society?
3) How do the insane suffer in the novel? What causes their suffering? How can their suffering be alleviated?
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