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 being startled in Chapter 1, what item does Charlie give Kitty?

2. When Walter found out about Kitty and Charlie, why didn't he break into the room and fight Charlie?

3. What animal does Kitty relate Charlie's nerve to?

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

5. Why doesn't Walter like to answer questions about himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. How many reasons does Charlie give for a potentially calm reaction from Walter upon finding out about their rendezvous?

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

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

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

5. What pains does Charlie take to maintain his figure?

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

7. What two physical attributes are described of Doris in Chapter 8?

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

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

10. Walter claims he knew that Kitty had no feelings for him when they married, why did he still want to marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the dramatic structure of The Painted Veil. Use textual evidence to designate the expository, rising action, the climax, falling action and denouement.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel Waddington makes a statement that he enjoys talking to Kitty because,"you (Kitty) and I (Waddington) are the only people here who walk quite quietly and peaceably on solid ground. The nuns walk in heaven and your husband-- in darkness." Explain what Waddington meant by this statement. Do you believe that this is an accurate analogy of the characters. Why or why not?

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