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. What does Catherine tell El-Marad?

2. Which character is wounded during the storm?

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

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

5. What does Lily call the move she uses to get out of her stuck position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What information does Charlot share with Mireille and what sacrifice does Charlot make for Mireille?

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

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

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

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

9. Where does Catherine swim ashore and how does she get past the patrolling soldier?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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