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 are the symbols on the cloth that once covered the service besides the figure eight which Catherine and Lily examine?

2. Whose diagram do Catherine, Lily and Solarin use as the basis for solving the mystery of the configuration of the pieces?

3. Where do Catherine and Solarin agree to rendezvous with Mordecai and Lily?

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

5. Which of the following characters looks like Mireille enough that Mireille can replace her to keep the appointment with the Revolution leader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mireille see when she arrives at the hidden valley and what happens when she arrives there?

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

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

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

5. What does Minnie reveal to Catherine and Lily about where the service is hidden and what does she provide them to help them collect them?

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

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

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

9. Where is Lily and how do Catherine and Kamel save her?

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

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

How does the author use the technical writing technique having one character reveal information to another? Does the author use it effectively? How? If not, how could she have done it better?

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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