Restoration Test | 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. What has happened to Merivel's dog while he was away?

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

3. What does Merivel perform an autopsy on as a boy?

4. What collection does the King show Merivel and his father?

5. What is Merivel's father's profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Reverend Sackpole want Merivel to examine Nell?

4. How does Merivel imagine the representation of his astrological sign?

5. What does Merivel fantasize about while he's having sex with Violet?

6. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?

7. What does the King's court like about Merivel?

8. What is Merivel's job at the palace?

9. How does Merivel's message to Celia differ from what the King told him to say?

10. What does Celia look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Knowledge is an important element of the novel. Discuss this element in the novel.

1) Merivel lacks modern knowledge about medicine. How does this affect his actions and his perceptions? How does it affect his ability to help people or control the world around him?

2) The value of the "nightingale" depends on knowledge about the bird. How does lack of knowledge affect the characters' reactions to the bird and their perceptions of value?

3) How does knowledge of other human beings affect their interactions and perceptions of each other in the novel? What knowledge does Merivel lack about the King? What knowledge does Katherine lack about Merivel?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The novel is set in the historical period of the Restoration in England. Discuss this historical setting and the relationship between the novel and history.

1) Why did the author choose to set a novel in this time period and name the novel after the historical period?

2) How do historical events such as the fire in London and the plague affect the story?

3) How does your knowledge of things like modern medicine affect how you view the characters and what they do in the novel?

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