The Eight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Katherine Neville
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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. Where does the Bishop meet Camille?

2. What promise does Kamal make to Catherine?

3. Why does Mireille decide not to return to the carriage?

4. Who does Lily introduce Catherine to?

5. Where does the Bishop want Mireille to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Camille encounters the Bishop when he arrives at Robespierre's home?

2. What is the treasure of the Abbey which the Abbess and nuns vow cannot fall into the hands of the Bishop of Autun?

3. When David arrives, what information does he find out about Valentine and what happens to her?

4. To whom does Lily introduce Catherine and what happens during their meeting?

5. What coincidence does Catherine's friend Lily point out about how Catherine has spent her time before she leaves for Algeria?

6. What story does the Bishop tell Mireille and Valentine after the opera when they spend the night at his home?

7. Describe Catherine's incident with the fortune teller and her reaction to the entire encounter.

8. What is the meaning of the title, "Pawn to Queen's Fourth", of this section of the novel and where is the title described?

9. Why is Llewellyn excited to hear about Catherine's relocation and what does he ask of her?

10. What does Catherine find as she gets ready for bed after leaving a message for Nim on his private line?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What techniques does the author use to develop the intrigue and mystery throughout the novel? Do you believe the author does so successfully? In what way is it successful or unsuccessful?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of the novel. the character of Catherine asks the rhetorical question as to what might happen if America should lose control of the world's oil supply. Toward the middle of the novel this rhetorical question is given real meaning. Why do you think the author included this line of thinking? Is it part of the puzzle? If so, in what way?

Essay Topic 3

Which events in the novel are most effective at being descriptive rather than puzzle making? Why do you believe these events were included? Do you believe there was enough description in this novel? Why or why not?

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