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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 instigated Katherine's illness?
2. How does Pearce feel about Merivel being at the hospital?
3. How does Merivel treat Katherine?
4. What has happened to Katherine?
5. What disease does Merivel come down with?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Edmund's dreams.
2. How does Katherine react to the world outside the hospital?
3. What act of bravery does Merivel commit?
4. Describe the music at the dance.
5. How does Merivel react to Katherine's death?
6. How does Merivel react to Piepold?
7. How does the King feel about Merivel, after time has passed?
8. How does Will feel about his master leaving?
9. What does Merivel offer Finn?
10. What punishment did Finn get for arguing with the King?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Merivel is the central character of the novel, and much of the novel revolves around Merivel and his personal perceptions and growth. Discuss Merivel as a character.
1) What are Merivel's primary personality traits at the beginning of the novel? How did those traits develop?
2) How does Merivel change over the course of the novel? How does living at the mental hospital and among the poor in Cheapside affect him?
3) What is Merivel's personality like at the end of the novel? In what ways is he still the same, and in what ways has he changed?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the role of medicine in the novel.
1) Why does the author choose the medical field as Merivel's profession? What does his desire to be a doctor say about his personality? What is the role of a doctor in a society?
2) How effective is Merivel as a doctor? What qualities does Merivel have that make him a good or bad doctor? How much control does Merivel have over how effective a doctor he is?
Essay Topic 3
The characters in the novel do not always have an accurate perception of themselves or of others around them. Discuss the characters' perceptions of themselves and others.
1) How does Merivel perceive himself? Is his self-perception accurate? How does Merivel perceive the King over the course of the story? How does he perceive Celia? How does he perceive Pearce? What causes Merivel's perception of himself or others to change?
2) What is Katherine's perception of Merivel? Why does she have this perception? How does Merivel react to it?
3) How does Pearce perceive Merivel? How does the King's perception of Merivel differ from Pearce's?
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