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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 the King plan to do about his affair with Celia?
2. What internal organ does Merivel touch in a patient's body?
3. What does Nell tell Merivel will happen to him?
4. What piece of attire does Merivel find sweaty and itchy?
5. How does Merivel feel about his wedding ceremony?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Celia look like?
2. How does Merivel feel about life at the palace?
3. Who has Celia invited to the house, and why?
4. Why has Celia come to the mansion?
5. What does Merivel think about his promise as an artist before he begins trying to paint?
6. What does the King order Merivel to do for him at the end of the first chapter?
7. What does Merivel do after he leaves Celia on their wedding night?
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. How does Celia act during her meetings with Merivel before the wedding?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Religion and the presence of God is a strong motif throughout the novel. Discuss religion in the novel.
1) Compare the King to God. How are they similar? How are they different?
2) What relationship do the Quakers at the mental hospital have with God? What affect does this relationship have on Merivel?
3) What relationship does Merivel have with God and religion?
Essay Topic 2
Merivel experiences different types of lives in the novel. He lives in the King's Court. He lives in a manor as a Lord. He also lives in a mental hospital, and in Cheapside, an impoverished area of London. In these different ways of life, Merivel finds differnt kinds of fulfillment and happiness. Discuss fulfillment and happiness in the novel.
1) Where is Merivel most fulfilled and happiness? Why?
2) Compare Merivel's happiness in the presence of the King to his happiness in the presence of Pearce. What different types of fulfillment do Merivel's most valued friends provide him?
3) How does Merivel's perception of what will make him happy change over the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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