The Eight Test | Final 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 does Minnie tell Catherine has nine other pieces?

2. Who does Catherine contact first once she and Lily reach the city of Oran?

3. What other person does Catherine learn has the same birthday as she?

4. How long is the time required for the lunar and solar calendars to cycle back and return to their starting points?

5. Why can't El-Marad go to visit the woman who has several of the chess pieces himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Catherine, Lily and Solarin agree is the only way to test their theory about the formula?

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

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

4. What has the Abbess concealed in her room and how does Catherine react to it when the Abbess reveals it to her?

5. How many pieces have been located by Catherine and her friends and where are they located?

6. What connection does Lily explain to Catherine about the ax and chess?

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

8. What prophecy does Charlot offer to Napoleon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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