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 instrument does Charlie play?

2. Why does Kitty refuse so many proposals?

3. After being married for some time, how does Kitty feel towards Walter?

4. What plans do Kitty and Walter have for their evening in Chapter 21?

5. After dinner what excuse does Walter give to leave Kitty alone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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