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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. How does Merivel feel about the loss of his dog?
3. How long is Merivel with his bride before being interrupted on his wedding night?
4. What does Finn bring Merivel as a first payment for using his influence?
5. What does Merivel tell Celia the King wants her to learn?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Merivel's response to the King summoning him with a letter?
2. Why does Degeulasse de Gourly come to visit Merivel?
3. What does Merivel find when he returns home?
4. What does Merivel tell the King after drinking the tampered wine?
5. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?
6. What does Celia look like?
7. What does Merivel fantasize about while he's having sex with Violet?
8. What does Merivel think about when he visits Kaw?
9. How does Merivel get into Celia's room?
10. What is Merivel's reaction to the letter about Rosie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the values of the characters in the novel, and how the characters assign value to both material and immaterial things.
1) Discuss the valuation of the "nightingale." What gives it value to Merivel, Pearce, and Celia. Why?
2) How do the characters value immaterial things, such as love, friendship, family, tradition, and religion? What role do immaterial things play in the characters' lives?
3) How do the characters value other people? What is this valuation based on?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss loyalty in the novel.
1) Who is Merivel loyal to in the novel? Does Merivel remain loyal to the King? Why does Merivel lie to Celia about the King's message?
2) Are the characters loyal to themselves? In what ways? What happens when a character is disloyal, to himself or to another?
3) What is the relationship between loyalty and love? Can loyalty in the novel exist without love?
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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