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. What does the Tribunal man want to know?

2. What does Nim potentially provide Catherine in Algeria?

3. Who does Lily introduce Catherine to?

4. Where do Elisa and Napoleon take Mireille?

5. How was Fiske killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Bishop believe it is ironic that the Abbess has gone to Russia and removed the Service from the Abbey?

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

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

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

5. What are Valentine and Mireille doing when they are disturbed by a handsome man and who is this man?

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

7. Why do Valentine and Mireille leave their place of safety to meet Sister Claude and what happens when they get to the appointed meeting place?

8. What encounter does Philidor relate to David and what happened during the encounter?

9. What does the Abbess show to Catherine the Great? What does Catherine want with it? How does Catherine react?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the key themes of this novel is the theme of eternally present interrelationships. How is this theme developed? What are some of the examples of universal interrelationships explored? What are some of the guises the author uses to manifest these relationships?

Essay Topic 2

What quests share similar characteristics and have similar stories? In what ways are they similar? Use specific examples from the novel to support your suppositions.

Essay Topic 3

At what point in the novel does the author appear to make the shift from subconscious, spiritual destiny to outward, physical reality? Why do you think the author makes this shift? Do you believe the shift is successful? Why or why not?

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