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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 most of the day while he is ill?
2. What do the female patients do for exercise?
3. What does Pearce lose, that Merivel helps him find?
4. What date does the dance finally occur?
5. What name does Merivel go by at Whittlesea?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Merivel treat Katherine on their journey?
2. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
3. How does Merivel feel about Pearce?
4. What does Pearce wonder about flowers?
5. What does Merivel discover when he examines Pearce?
6. What is Merivel able to do at the funeral that he could not do while Pearce was alive?
7. What happens when Merivel illicitly visits Katherine?
8. What act of bravery does Merivel commit?
9. How are the most insane patients treated?
10. How does Katherine react to the world outside the hospital?
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
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 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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