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. In what year does this portion of the story take place?

2. What country was Catherine sent to as what she considers to be a punishment?

3. On what does Lily write Mordecai's telephone number?

4. What does Catherine catch Lily lying about?

5. Which of the following is one of the secret messages decoded by Nim and Catherine from the fortuneteller's words?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What steps does Catherine take on her own once she and Lily split up to complete research?

4. How does the Abbess make it impossible for any one person to reveal the details of her plan to ensure the safety of the pieces of the chess set?

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

6. What explanation does the Bishop give for his slight limp after Valentine and Mireille question him about it and the rumors they have heard about it?

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

8. When the people at the chess match begin to leave, what does Lily believe is true about Fiske, Solarin's opponent?

9. Why doesn't Mireille want to return to David's home and what information does the Bishop share with her?

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 themes within this novel is one of revenge. How is this theme first developed? By which character? Do you believe this is an appropriate theme to include in this novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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