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. How does Kitty regard Waddington's frankness?

2. What does Sister St. Joseph like to discuss with Kitty?

3. What do the Nuns do with infants as soon as they come into the convent?

4. Why doesn't Kitty converse with Sister St. Joseph on her first visit to the convent?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Waddington describe Charlie Townsend?

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

4. After Mother Superior agrees to let Kitty work in the convent, what advice does she give her?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the point-of-view utilized by Maugham in The Painted Veil. As this was a deliberate choice, discuss why Maugham selected the view he did and what influences the point-of-view had on the development of themes. Make sure to use specific textual evidence to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout The Painted Veil, Maugham uses scenic imagery as a metaphor for the plot and character development. Give three specific examples of these metaphors and how they relate specific actions in the plot and/or character development. Discuss why or why not they are effective as literary tools augmenting the general action.

Essay Topic 3

Early on in the novel, Kitty describes the circumstances leading up to her marriage with Walter. Shortly after the marriage she notes that she became bored and unhappy, however this reflection comes after she is embroiled in an adulterous affair with Charlie. What does this deliberate time-line established by Maugham suggest to the reader about Kitty's impartiality on the subject? Use specific events in her courtship with Walter and in her affair with Charlie to back up your assertions.

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