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 many children do Charlie and Dorothy have?

2. What does Charlie give as his number one reason for "hushing up" their affair?

3. Where do Charlie and Kitty usually meet?

4. Where do Kitty and Charlie decide to meet?

5. How old is Mrs. Garstin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. After noting Charlie's response to Walter's ultimatum, what does she come to see was Walter's motivation in making it?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In the preface Maugham discusses how he was inspired by a plot line in Dante's Purgatorio due to its modern elements. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that: The Painted Veil is a modern plot? Specifically discuss why or why not it is relevant and applicable to today's society and if it is accessible to the reader.

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