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. Where do Charlie and Kitty usually meet?
3. When Kitty goes to tell Charlie of Walter's ultimatum, what surprises her about his appearance?
4. Why won't Walter join in singing with others at a party?
5. In Chapter 5, upon returning to the sitting room, what does Kitty see?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?
2. Describe Walter's behavior towards others at the dinner party in Chapter 21.
3. What is the view from Kitty's home in Happy Valley?
4. How does Kitty describe Waddington's Manchu mistress?
5. Why does Kitty claim to not care if Walter does "kick up a row" about her affair with Charlie?
6. What physical feature of Mrs.Garstin does Kitty find most disconcerting and why?
7. Why does Dorothy want Kitty to come and stay with her and Charlie?
8. How does Waddington describe Charlie Townsend?
9. For what reasons does Kitty believe that Charlie remains with his wife?
10. How does Kitty describe Mother Superior's appearance?
Essay Topic 1
The theme of love is central to The Painted Veil and has many manifestations. Compare and contrast two approaches to the idea of "what is love" as evidenced by the following characters:
a) Kitty's initial love for Charlie.
b) Walter's love for Kitty.
c) Charlie's love for Kitty.
d) Waddington's love for his mistress.
e) Mother Superior's love for God.
f) Kitty's love for her father.
Essay Topic 2
What is W. Somerset Maugham's writing-style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure to discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice?
Essay Topic 3
At the conclusion of the novel Kitty emerges a very different character from the way she is portrayed in the beginning. Through the development of her character is Maugham setting forth a moral or just bringing up different themes? Take one standpoint and defend your assertions with textual evidence.
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