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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. Who is courting Mary...again?
2. With whom does Anne blatantly flirt?
3. What does the Queen wear in court?
4. Where is Queen Katherine from?
5. Who is Mary married to at the beginning of this novel?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Anne promised if she signs the annulment papers quickly?
2. What does Mary say that the secret is of Anne and her success with the King?
3. How has the Queen defied the King's order?
4. What does Mary think about Catherine asking to go to court?
5. What do Anne and George do to help Anne's stillbirth?
6. Why does King Henry refuse to joust?
7. Why does Howard think it is so important for Anne's child to be a boy?
8. Why will Anne not allow Mary to go to Hever?
9. What does King Henry do when he hears Mary is pregnant with his child?
10. When it is time for Mary to go to Hever to see her children, what does Anne inform Mary Anne has done?
Essay Topic 1
Sex is obviously a large part of this text and of the lives of the women and men in the novel.
Part 1: How does sex come into play in this novel? Who are some of the couples, for example?
Part 2: How is sex used in the story? Why do Mary and Anne, for example, have sex with the men in their lives? For love? For power? Both?
Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about sex in this time period?
Essay Topic 2
To some, this novel might be seen as a declaration of a need for a feminist movement, with Mary's mindset changing rapidly as the story progresses.
Part 1: What are some examples of female power in this story?
Part 2: What are some ways women are treated as lesser creatures?
Part 3: What does it say that Mary reveals "the triumph of Anne, the mistress who had become a wife, was an inspiration to every loose girl in the country"?
Essay Topic 3
The King changes many rules in order to make the world the way he wants it to operate.
Part 1: List some of the rules the King made up in order to ensure he got what he wanted.
Part 2: What do you think the King's abuse of power says about him?
Part 3: Do you agree that the King should be able to change any rule on a whim? Why or why not?
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