The Painted Veil Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Charlie leave the sitting room in Chapter 1?

2. What position does Charlie hold?

3. After Kitty and Walter's discussion of divorce, where does she go to meet Charlie?

4. Why did Maugham decide to change the last name of his main character in the novel?

5. How many children do Charlie and Dorothy have?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Walter first tells Kitty about going to Mei-tan-fu, what reasons does she give for not wanting to accompany him?

2. Describe Mr.Garstin's appearance as noted by Kitty in Chapter 6.

3. What physical feature of Mrs.Garstin does Kitty find most disconcerting and why?

4. Describe Charlie Townsend and why Kitty is initially attracted to him when she meets him at the social function.

5. What pains does Charlie take to maintain his figure?

6. Walter claims he knew that Kitty had no feelings for him when they married, why did he still want to marry her?

7. What was different about Maugham's writing process on The Painted Veil compared to his other works?

8. Why does Kitty claim to not care if Walter does "kick up a row" about her affair with Charlie?

9. In Chapter 1, what tools does Charlie use to reassure Kitty and why are they effective?

10. How many reasons does Charlie give for a potentially calm reaction from Walter upon finding out about their rendezvous?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the dramatic structure of The Painted Veil. Use textual evidence to designate the expository, rising action, the climax, falling action and denouement.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel Kitty's views of Charlie change drastically, however, Charlie's views of Kitty remain somewhat the same. Discuss the dichotomy of how these views differ and how they reflect upon the character that holds them.

Essay Topic 3

A recurrent theme in The Painted Veil is that of vanity, and how characters react when their vanity is wounded or bruised. Compare and contrast vanity as exhibited by Kitty, Charlie and Walter and how it either shifts throughout the novel or remains the same. Discuss how each character reacts when their vanity is wounded and what this reaction infers about that character.

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