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 was Mother Superior's first name before she became a nun?

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

3. How does Kitty find the streets of Mei-tan-fu on her way to the convent?

4. What work does Walter quote with his last words?

5. What French delicacy does Mother Superior serve Kitty during tea?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

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

3. How does Kitty describe Mother Superior's appearance?

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

5. How does Waddington describe Walter?

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

7. How does Waddington describe Charlie Townsend?

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

9. How does Kitty regard her indiscretion with Townsend?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When Kitty meets Waddington's mistress she contemplates afterward that "the beliefs and the ideals of the West seemed crude beside ideals and beliefs of which in this exquisite creature she seemed to catch a fugitive glimpse." How does this statement reflect an overarching theme between the relationship between West vs. East as portrayed in The Painted Veil?

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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