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

2. What gift does the Manchu mistress give to Kitty?

3. When Kitty asks Walter if he despises her in Chapter 47, what is his response?

4. What crime is Colonel Yu trying desperately to prevent in Mei-tan-fu?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Waddington describe Walter?

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

3. After visiting the convent, why does Kitty feel so unhappy back at the bungalow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the strongest literary tools employed by Maugham in The Painted Veil is the use of irony. Give examples of where Maugham has employed verbal or situational irony and discuss in detail how this use of irony has furthered the plot, developed characters, or strengthened a theme.

Essay Topic 2

Duty is a theme throughout The Painted Veil. Discuss three different character's views of duty and how it is exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these accounts of duty, does Maugham create an overarching definition of what duty is?

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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