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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. How does Celia feel about Finn's task?
2. What is the house like when Merivel arrives?
3. What does Merivel want to learn to do well for Celia?
4. What collection does the King show Merivel and his father?
5. What does Celia do when Merivel kisses her?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Merivel's job at the palace?
2. Why has Celia come to the mansion?
3. What does Merivel fantasize about while he's having sex with Violet?
4. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?
5. What is the distinction between the Idle and the Impotent?
6. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
7. What does Celia look like?
8. How does Merivel set about the job given to him by the Justice of the Peace?
9. Describe what Pearce tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
10. What does Merivel tell Finn when Finn asks for the favor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The characters in the novel do not always have an accurate perception of themselves or of others around them. Discuss the characters' perceptions of themselves and others.
1) How does Merivel perceive himself? Is his self-perception accurate? How does Merivel perceive the King over the course of the story? How does he perceive Celia? How does he perceive Pearce? What causes Merivel's perception of himself or others to change?
2) What is Katherine's perception of Merivel? Why does she have this perception? How does Merivel react to it?
3) How does Pearce perceive Merivel? How does the King's perception of Merivel differ from Pearce's?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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