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 does Nell tell Merivel will happen to him?

2. What relationship does Merivel develop with Lady Bathurst?

3. What does Merivel decide will be Celia's path toward learning what the King wants her to learn?

4. How does Merivel feel about Celia?

5. Where does Merivel go immediately after leaving Whitehall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why has Celia come to the mansion?

3. What does Merivel find when he returns home?

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

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

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

7. What does Merivel think about when he visits Kaw?

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

9. How does Merivel get into Celia's room?

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

Essay Topics

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss poverty and social class in the novel.

1) What different social strata exist in the novel? What determines what social class the people in the novel live in?

2) What allows characters in the novel to change social status, for better or worse? Why?

3) How does Merivel treat people of different social classes?

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