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. When discussing their affair, what accusation does Charlie make about Kitty that angers her greatly?

2. After being married for some time, how does Kitty feel towards Walter?

3. How does Charlie describe his feelings for Dorothy?

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

5. What determines Kitty's social position in Hong Kong?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Kitty describe Walter's appearance in Chapter 10?

4. Why is Mr.Garstin reluctant to take silk and become a K.C.?

5. What two attributes does Mrs.Garstin display in the way she arranges her dinner parties?

6. What is the view from Kitty's home in Happy Valley?

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

8. What does Walter find humorous about Kitty's plan to marry Charlie upon her divorce from himself?

9. After they have been married for some time, why is Kitty surprised Walter ever fell in love with her?

10. What reasons does Charlie give for wanting to remain married to Dorothy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Kitty meets Waddington's mistress she contemplates afterward that "the beliefs and the ideals of the West seemed crude beside ideals and beliefs of which in this exquisite creature she seemed to catch a fugitive glimpse." How does this statement reflect an overarching theme between the relationship between West vs. East as portrayed in The Painted Veil?

Essay Topic 2

Duty is a theme throughout The Painted Veil. Discuss three different character's views of duty and how it is exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these accounts of duty, does Maugham create an overarching definition of what duty is?

Essay Topic 3

Early on in the novel, Kitty describes the circumstances leading up to her marriage with Walter. Shortly after the marriage she notes that she became bored and unhappy, however this reflection comes after she is embroiled in an adulterous affair with Charlie. What does this deliberate time-line established by Maugham suggest to the reader about Kitty's impartiality on the subject? Use specific events in her courtship with Walter and in her affair with Charlie to back up your assertions.

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