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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 Lady Bathurst react to Celia moving into the mansion?
2. How soon does the King offer to take Celia back, if she gives up her demand?
3. What kind of salary does Merivel make?
4. What does Merivel do after his wedding night is interrupted?
5. What is Merivel's father's profession?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Merivel convince Lady Bathurst that she has nothing to worry about regarding Celia?
2. What does the King tell Merivel in his dream?
3. Why doesn't Merivel try to treat his dog himself?
4. Why does Degeulasse de Gourly come to visit Merivel?
5. Explain the metaphor in the story that Pearce tells Merivel.
6. Explain what the King hopes to gain by having Merivel marry Celia.
7. How does Celia act during her meetings with Merivel before the wedding?
8. How does Merivel get into Celia's room?
9. What does the King's court like about Merivel?
10. Why does Reverend Sackpole want Merivel to examine Nell?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss poverty and social class in the novel.
1) What different social strata exist in the novel? What determines what social class the people in the novel live in?
2) What allows characters in the novel to change social status, for better or worse? Why?
3) How does Merivel treat people of different social classes?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the different settings in the novel.
1) How does the King's palace differ from how the majority of people in the kingdom live? What significance is there to the Psychic Garden or to other areas of the King's palace?
2) What does Merivel's decoration of his manor indicate about his own personality? Why does the manor give Merivel a position as Lord and as Overseer of the Poor? What other significance does the manor have?
3) What does the setting of the mental hospital add to the novel? What significance do the hospital's gates have?
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