The Other Boleyn Girl Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philippa Gregory
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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 Mary not like about the answer to #79?

2. The joyous news was that the French had been defeated at ________.

3. Who is Queen Katherine's confessor?

4. Who tells Anne a woman should know her place?

5. What does Uncle Howard send to Mary to give to King Henry for Christmas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the King in a dark mood?

2. What are George's sisters' reactions to his confession of love for Francis Weston?

3. What happens to Henry Fitzroy since the King is so desperate for an heir?

4. What does King Henry do when he hears Mary is pregnant with his child?

5. What is in the letter Mary receives from her sister Anne?

6. Why has Cardinal Wolsey arranged a secret court at Westminster?

7. What does the letter from Mary's father have to tell her?

8. Why does Mary shed tears over the cutting of little Henry's hair?

9. How does Anne make sure Cardinal Wolsey does not stand in the way of her plans?

10. What is Mary's and George's fantasies of a dream life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary, in the end, chooses a very different life than Anne.

Part 1: Why do you think Mary chooses the simpler life?

Part 2: What does Mary's choice say about her and about her motivations?

Part 3: At the end, Mary still feels she would like to go back to court someday. Why do you think she still longs for that life?

Essay Topic 2

While Anne Boleyn seems to get more of the attention in history books, she is certainly something different than the title of this novel suggests.

Part 1: Do you think Anne or Mary was the more important Boleyn girl? Why did you choose the answer you did?

Part 2: If you have read about Anne Boleyn before, how has your opinion changed of her?

Part 3: After seeing the progression of events in the story, is Mary a lesser or a greater character in terms of her growth in the novel? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of a nobody is something that keeps Mary away from William for a while.

Part 1: How does one define "nobody" in this story?

Part 2: Give a list of some of the nobodies in the story.

Part 3: When Mary is told she doesn't really want to be a nobody, even though she does marry one, what does this say about Mary?

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