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. Where is the Service's chessboard located?

2. Why does the Abbess refuse to sign the document that condemns the revolution?

3. Who does Marat tell Mireille is the white queen?

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

5. Which of the following characters controls the leaders of the Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was the Bishop reduced to selling land to French immigrants for the four years that he has been living in America?

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

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

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

6. What prophecy does Charlot offer to Napoleon?

7. What information related to the Montglane service does Mireille learn when she confronts Philidor, Blake and Wordsworth?

8. What information does Kamel share with Catherine about El-Marad, the man she is looking for?

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

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

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

The author often intertwines fact and fiction throughout the novel. Write an essay describing two examples of this technique where factual information about historical characters is intertwined with fictional information created by the author. Does this technique have a possible thematic resonance? Why or why not?

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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