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. 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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the preface Maugham discusses how he was inspired by a plot line in Dante's Purgatorio due to its modern elements. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that: The Painted Veil is a modern plot? Specifically discuss why or why not it is relevant and applicable to today's society and if it is accessible to the reader.

Essay Topic 2

The relationship of marriage is evident in several different couples in The Painted Veil. Compare and contrast Kitty and Walter's marriage with Charlie and Dorothy's marriage or Mr. and Mrs. Garstin's marriage. Point out similarities and differences and what those details infer about the characters in those relationships.

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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