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 does Sister St. Joseph like to discuss with Kitty?

2. What skill of Walter's does Kitty learn about from the nuns that surprises her?

3. Who recited a Protestant burial service for Walter?

4. After Walter discovers that Kitty is pregnant what does he offer her?

5. What does Mother Superior describe as her last sight of France?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Kitty regard her indiscretion with Townsend?

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

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

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

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

8. Why doesn't Kitty lie to Walter when he asks her if he is the father of the baby?

9. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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