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. When Kitty asks Walter what plans he has for their future after Mei-tan-fu, what is his response?

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

3. When Kitty discovers she is pregnant, what is her immediate reaction?

4. Why doesn't Kitty tell Mother Superior about her unhappiness and its cause?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Waddington describe Charlie Townsend?

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

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

The theme of love is central to The Painted Veil and has many manifestations. Compare and contrast two approaches to the idea of "what is love" as evidenced by the following characters:

a) Kitty's initial love for Charlie.

b) Walter's love for Kitty.

c) Charlie's love for Kitty.

d) Waddington's love for his mistress.

e) Mother Superior's love for God.

f) Kitty's love for her father.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of setting within The Painted Veil. Make sure to discuss at least three different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of themes and characters.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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