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. After Kitty and Charlie consummate their affair, how does she feel?

2. After Kitty and Charlie are done discussing Walter, what does Charlie do?

3. In Chapter 5, how does Kitty find out that Walter has been home?

4. What honor does Charlie suppose Walter will receive for volunteering in Mei-tan-fu?

5. In Chapter 5, upon returning to the sitting room, what does Kitty see?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once they are married, what daily habits does Walter display that shows his affection for Kitty?

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

4. Describe Dorothy Townsend's appearance as given by Kitty in Chapter 3.

5. When Kitty tells Charlie about Walter's ultimatum, what is his response?

6. When Walter returns home, what clues lead Kitty to believe he knows about her affair?

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

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

9. Why does Kitty feel her social position is lower in Hong Kong than it was at home in England?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the strongest literary tools employed by Maugham in The Painted Veil is the use of irony. Give examples of where Maugham has employed verbal or situational irony and discuss in detail how this use of irony has furthered the plot, developed characters, or strengthened a theme.

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

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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