The Painted Veil Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What abruptly awakens Kitty during her first night in Mei-tan-fu?

3. As more time passes with Kitty working at the convent, how does she reflect on Charlie's appearance?

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

5. What startles Kitty when she accompanies Waddington on her first walk outside of the bungalow?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the dramatic structure of The Painted Veil. Use textual evidence to designate the expository, rising action, the climax, falling action and denouement.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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