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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. Who does Merivel mistake for his mother?
2. What happens when Merivel tries to catch up with Piepold's relatives?
3. How successful is Merivel's first use of the plague cure?
4. Where does Merivel meet Finn, after not seeing him for a long time?
5. What game does the King make Merivel play with him when Merivel answers the King's summons?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the staff of the hospital decide to do because of the plague?
2. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
3. What does Merivel discover when he examines Pearce?
4. What news does the King give Merivel when Merivel answers the summons?
5. How does Merivel react to Katherine's death?
6. How does Merivel feel about Pearce?
7. What does Merivel offer Finn?
8. What act of bravery does Merivel commit?
9. How does Merivel treat Katherine on their journey?
10. Who makes up the staff of Whittlesea Hospital?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Love is an important element of Merivel's relationships with others. Discuss love in the novel.
1) Who does Merivel love and why? What is his love for the King based on? What is his love for Pearce based on? What is his love for Celia based on? Does Merivel truly love any of these characters?
2) Who loves Merivel, and why? What is Katherine's love for Merivel based on? What is Merivel's servant's love for him based on? Does Merivel return any of the other characters' love?
3) How does love between the characters govern their actions in the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the novel's treatment of women.
1) How does the novel portray women? What role do women hold in the society, and how does their societal role affect their behavior and personalities?
2) How do the male characters perceive and react to women? What do the male characters think of women, and how do they treat women?
3) How does the author perceive women? How can you distinguish between the characters' perceptions and the author's perception?
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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