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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 Merivel do after his wedding night is interrupted?
2. How does Merivel feel about the loss of his dog?
3. What is the name of the medicine that Merivel gives the bird when it is sick?
4. What relationship does Merivel develop with Lady Bathurst?
5. What did Finn buy for his interview with the King?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why has Celia come to the mansion?
2. What does Merivel think about his promise as an artist before he begins trying to paint?
3. How does Merivel set about the job given to him by the Justice of the Peace?
4. What does Merivel think of his first attempts at painting?
5. What does the King order Merivel to do for him at the end of the first chapter?
6. What is the distinction between the Idle and the Impotent?
7. Describe what Finn tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
8. How does Merivel feel about life at the palace?
9. What does Merivel do after he leaves Celia on their wedding night?
10. Describe what Pearce tells Merivel about the present Finn brings.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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