Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Merivel learn traveled this way before?
2. Who does Celia love?
3. What reason does Merivel give Celia for coming to the roof?
4. How does Merivel think the King feels about him?
5. What does Merivel's painting instructor want Merivel to get him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is wrong with Lady Bathurst's husband?
2. What does the King advise Merivel to do with his life?
3. How does Merivel imagine the representation of his astrological sign?
4. What prompts Katherine to try to hang herself?
5. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
6. What news does the King give Merivel when Merivel answers the summons?
7. What happened to the new owner of Bidnold?
8. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
9. What is Merivel's life like after the fire?
10. Describe what Finn tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
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?
Discuss fate in the novel.
1) Is Merivel in control of his own destiny? How is Merivel governed by fate in the novel?
2) What determines the fates of the rich and the poor in the novel? Why do characters seem to lack control over their own destinies?
3) Discuss Merivel's rescue of the woman from the burning building. Is Merivel a hero for having saved the woman? How is this incident governed by fate? How does Merivel benefit from it?
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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