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. Whose identity does Catherine try to determine as part of her investigation into the chess match?

2. In what occupation was Catherine Velis previously employed?

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

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

5. What did Catherine do instead of sleeping when she returned to her hotel after Sharrif took her there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mireille tell David is the only thing that can both destroy the power of the revolution and rebuild France?

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

3. What events happen with the Bishop in London and what does she bring him?

4. What alternative plan does Solarin offer once it is obvious that the storm has blown the ship significantly off course?

5. What type of wager did Charlemagne supposedly propose to Garin and what did the Arab soldiers explain would be the result of this type of wager?

6. What happens when Catherine and Lily make it inside the restaurant and what are they challenged to?

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

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

9. Why does the Bishop protest Mireille's suggestion that he must marry the White Queen to help end the game?

10. Describe in detail how Catherine, Lily and Carioca make it out of the restaurant?

Essay 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

Throughout the novel, the the author incorporates real-life historical figures into the novel's fictionalized plot. Describe why the author might have chosen this technique. Do you believe it is effective? Why or why not?

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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