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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. Who does Merivel learn traveled this way before?
2. Who does Celia love?
3. What reason does Merivel give Celia for coming to the roof?
4. How does Merivel think the King feels about him?
5. What does Merivel's painting instructor want Merivel to get him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
2. What does the King advise Merivel to do with his life?
3. How does Merivel imagine the representation of his astrological sign?
4. What prompts Katherine to try to hang herself?
5. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
6. What news does the King give Merivel when Merivel answers the summons?
7. What happened to the new owner of Bidnold?
8. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
9. What is Merivel's life like after the fire?
10. Describe what Finn tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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