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. What is the area called where Kitty's house is?

2. How old is Kitty when she becomes engaged?

3. After Kitty appears so radiant (shortly after commencing her affair with Charlie), what do her friends assume?

4. How does Charlie describe his feelings for Dorothy?

5. Why does Walter have difficulty sleeping when he is subpoenaed for court?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Kitty describes Walter's polite and standoffish behavior in Chapter 20, why does Charlie become so confident and happy?

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

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

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

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

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

7. For what reasons does Kitty believe that Charlie remains with his wife?

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

9. How does her affair with Charlie affect Kitty's appearance?

10. Describe Walter's behavior towards others at the dinner party in Chapter 21.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout The Painted Veil, Maugham uses scenic imagery as a metaphor for the plot and character development. Give three specific examples of these metaphors and how they relate specific actions in the plot and/or character development. Discuss why or why not they are effective as literary tools augmenting the general action.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel we only receive third-person information about Walter. Using specific descriptions from Kitty and others of Walter, discuss his development as a character. Be sure to reference how his actions in the plot, his dialogue and these third-person descriptions of his emotions and physical appearance support your conclusion.

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