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. How old is Charlie's oldest child?

2. What is the name of the current Colonial Secretary?

3. Why is Kitty initially surprised by Walter's proposal of marriage?

4. What type of books does Walter like to read?

5. What color are Charlie's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Kitty's love for Charlie initially change her perception of Walter?

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

6. Why does Kitty believe her rendezvous with Charlie at the curio shop are completely safe?

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

8. Describe Mr.Garstin's appearance as noted by Kitty in Chapter 6.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of setting within The Painted Veil. Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of themes and characters.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel Maugham sets forth different views on the purpose of life as given by several characters. Compare and contrast the specific view on the purpose of life by two or more characters. Give specific textual information on how these characters exhibit and come to these views. Also in the conclusion address whether or not Maugham selects one as being THE view on the purpose of life.

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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