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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. In whose former home do Anne and Henry marry?
2. Who is the discordant one among Anne's ladies in waiting?
3. What happens to the men who are imprisoned by Henry?
4. Who is pregnant during this section?
5. Who has already chosen her wedding clothes?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Mary and William Stafford both say about the boat trip crossing the English Channel?
2. What do George and Mary think of the present from #41?
3. What is the great disappointment of Anne's delivery?
4. Why should Mary have been arrested, too?
5. What does the reader learn about Henry's sexual performance?
6. What is Anne promised if she signs the annulment papers quickly?
7. How does Mary describe Jane Seymour to William?
8. What does George think is the cause of Anne's temper tantrums?
9. Who marries Henry and Anne and what does he think of Henry's previous marriage?
10. What does Mary think about Catherine asking to go to court?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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