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 did Mireille and Valentine hide the chess pieces they were to protect?

2. Who does Lily introduce Catherine to?

3. What does the Tribunal man want to know?

4. Why are Valentine and Mireille barely clothed at the beginning of section three?

5. To what year has the author returned the reader?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What story does Catherine tell the Abbess to convince the Abbess that it is important that she receive the entire Service?

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

6. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

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 does the training of Mireille's falcon Charlot represent? In what way is it helpful? What does the falcon symbolize throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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