The Painted Veil Test | Final 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 experience does Mother Superior recount to Kitty in Chapter 60?

2. How many people die each day in Mei-tan-fu from the cholera?

3. Why won't Walter initially allow Colonel Yu to send for Kitty in Chapter 62?

4. What does Mother Superior describe as her last sight of France?

5. How do the older Chinese orphan girls spend their time at the convent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Sister St. Joseph want to return to France? Why or why not?

2. What are the first emotional hints that Kitty may be pregnant?

3. As Waddington tells Kitty about Chinese history and novels, how does Kitty's perception of the Chinese change?

4. How does Waddington try and comfort Kitty about Walter's death?

5. How does Kitty feel when she realizes she is no longer in love with Charlie?

6. How does Kitty describe Waddington's Manchu mistress?

7. How does Kitty describe the chapel at the convent?

8. What does Sister St. Joseph think about Waddington?

9. How does Waddington describe his religious views to Kitty?

10. What one thing does Kitty desire to do for Walter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One recurrent theme in The Painted Veil is the importance of respect, especially in regard to the character of Kitty. Discuss what Kitty's idea of respect is and how that idea is influenced by secondary characters such as Waddington, Mother Superior, and Dorothy. Discuss how Kitty's idea of respect evolves throughout the novel, using specific textual examples of how this is manifested.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, The Painted Veil, Kitty makes several journeys. Discuss these journeys and how they function as a metaphor, a simile, or an allegory for the emotional journeys and progress she makes as a character throughout the novel.

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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