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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 is the name of the medicine that Merivel gives the bird when it is sick?
2. What happens to Merivel at the house?
3. How long is Merivel with his bride before being interrupted on his wedding night?
4. What does Merivel hear Celia doing the night he returns?
5. How does Lady Bathurst react to Celia moving into the mansion?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Merivel discover when he examines Pearce?
2. How does Merivel feel about Pearce?
3. Why has Celia come to the mansion?
4. What act of bravery does Merivel commit?
5. How does Celia act during her meetings with Merivel before the wedding?
6. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
7. What does the King tell Merivel in his dream?
8. What does Merivel tell Finn when Finn asks for the favor?
9. Describe the signs that end up hanging outside Frances Elizabeth's house.
10. How does Merivel set about the job given to him by the Justice of the Peace?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the characters' control over their own lives in the novel.
1) How does a character's birth and family affect his or her life in the novel? Can a character change the course of his or her life?
2) How does chance and fate affect the characters' lives in the novel?
3) How do characters control their own lives and futures in the novel, and to what extent?
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
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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