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. Who takes Catherine back to her apartment?

2. Where does the Bishop want Mireille to go?

3. Why does Harry become upset at the thought of Catherine going to Algeria?

4. What stops Valentine and Miereille's carriage?

5. From whom did Philidor hear about the Montglane Service?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news do Marie-Charlotte and Alexandrine bring to the Abbess and the other nuns?

2. Who saves Mirielle from Paris and what connection does Mirielle find out about them and her past?

3. What does Kamel tell Catherine he has done to ensure she is available and able to complete the work he wants her to complete?

4. What does David believe is the only thing that will be able to save France and from what does he believe France needs to be saved?

5. 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?

6. Where was Lily surprised to find at least two pieces of the service?

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

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

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

10. What secret revelation does Catherine learn about Minnie at the end of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the author's purpose for including quotes and titles at the beginning of each section of the book? What do they offer?

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail how the author develops suspense throughout the novel? Do you believe the author does it well? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author often intertwines fact and fiction throughout the novel. Write an essay describing two examples of this technique where factual information about historical characters is intertwined with fictional information created by the author. Does this technique have a possible thematic resonance? Why or why not?

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