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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 problem does Merivel have while painting Meg?
2. What does Celia do for the bird when it's sick?
3. How does Merivel think Celia looks when she arrives?
4. What does Merivel order from Trench?
5. What narrative perspective does the novel use?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?
2. What does the King's court like about Merivel?
3. How does Merivel get into Celia's room?
4. What does Merivel do after he leaves Celia on their wedding night?
5. Explain the metaphor in the story that Pearce tells Merivel.
6. How does Merivel convince Lady Bathurst that she has nothing to worry about regarding Celia?
7. Explain what the King hopes to gain by having Merivel marry Celia.
8. What does Merivel tell the King after drinking the tampered wine?
9. What is Merivel's job at the palace?
10. What does Merivel find when he returns home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss rulership and leadership in the novel.
1) The novel centers around King Charles II. What kind of a ruler is he? What qualities make the King a good or a bad leader of his kingdom?
2) What kind of leaders are the Quakers who run the mental hospital? Are they good leaders or bad leaders? How do they make decisions for the people that they govern and care for?
3) What kind of a leader is Merivel? In what instances does Merivel take on a leadership role? Why, and who does he lead? How successful is he?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Both Merivel and other characters have meaningful dreams in the novel. Discuss the meaning of dreams throughout the novel.
1) Merivel dreams of the King. Is the King of Merivel's dreams the King he knows in life, or does the King represent something different in Merivel's dreams?
2) What does Merivel learn from his dreams? What could Merivel learn that he is not recognizing?
3) What meanings do other characters dreams have? Why does the Quaker hospital worker dream of God, and what do his dreams mean to him?
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