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. How did Catherine, Lily and Solarin get to see Robespierre's diagram?

2. Which of the following characters is revealed to be the Black King?

3. Where did the Abbess keep the cloth from the service?

4. Which of the following is the best definition for zugzwang?

5. How many pieces of the service does the Bishop have as he leaves England?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to change Mireille's plans to kill Marat and how do they change?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was the formula in the service for and what does it allow to happen according to Newton?

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

10. What does Catherine recall about the time when the lunar and solar calendars cycle back to return to their starting points?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Of what significance is April 4th and how does the author develop the idea of this date throughout the novel? What things (people and events) does it represent a spiritually convergent date for? What and how does this foreshadow?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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