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. Who is the first person to suppose that Kitty is expecting?

2. How do the nuns regard Kitty's pregnancy?

3. What vocation does Sister St. Joseph's family do in France?

4. After Kitty learns of Walter's work and talents, how does she regard him?

5. What do the children at the convent think of Kitty?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kitty describe her first impression of Sister St. Joseph?

3. When Kitty asks Waddington about immortality, what is his response?

4. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

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

6. How does Kitty describe the city of Mei-tan-fu as she is carried to Walter's deathbed?

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

8. After visiting the convent what type of relationship does Kitty want with Walter?

9. What are Kitty's initial feelings towards the young orphan children and do her feelings change over time?

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

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

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

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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