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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 internal organ does Merivel touch in a patient's body?

2. What is the house like when Merivel arrives?

3. What does Merivel end up doing at the pub?

4. Which Cambridge college did Merivel attend?

5. What mode of transportation does Merivel find to go to the place Celia was hidden?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Merivel convince Lady Bathurst that she has nothing to worry about regarding Celia?

2. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?

3. Why has Celia come to the mansion?

4. Who has Celia invited to the house, and why?

5. Why doesn't Merivel try to treat his dog himself?

6. How does Merivel imagine the representation of his astrological sign?

7. How does Merivel's message to Celia differ from what the King told him to say?

8. What does Merivel think about his promise as an artist before he begins trying to paint?

9. What is the distinction between the Idle and the Impotent?

10. Why can't Merivel do what Finn asks of him?

Essay Topics

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

Knowledge is an important element of the novel. Discuss this element in the novel.

1) Merivel lacks modern knowledge about medicine. How does this affect his actions and his perceptions? How does it affect his ability to help people or control the world around him?

2) The value of the "nightingale" depends on knowledge about the bird. How does lack of knowledge affect the characters' reactions to the bird and their perceptions of value?

3) How does knowledge of other human beings affect their interactions and perceptions of each other in the novel? What knowledge does Merivel lack about the King? What knowledge does Katherine lack about Merivel?

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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