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 Merivel study in college?

2. In Merivel's dream of the King, what are his tears made of?

3. What does Pearce say about Merivel's love for the King?

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

5. For whose benefit does the King ask Merivel to marry Celia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why has Celia come to the mansion?

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

3. What does Celia look like?

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

5. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?

6. What is Merivel's response to the King summoning him with a letter?

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

8. What does Merivel do after he leaves Celia on their wedding night?

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

10. Why doesn't Merivel try to treat his dog himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Power is a defining element in relationships in the novel. Discuss power in the novel.

1) What gives characters power over others in the novel?

2) What gives the King power, and what are the limits of the King's power? How does the King use his power?

3) What kind of power does Merivel have as a doctor and as an associate of the King in the novel? How does he use this power?

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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