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 do the nuns regard Kitty's pregnancy?

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

3. What great noise brings Mother Superior to the room when Kitty is watching the children in Chapter 52?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Waddington describe Walter?

6. What are Kitty's initial feelings towards the young orphan children and do her feelings change over time?

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

8. After visiting the convent what type of relationship does Kitty want with Walter?

9. How does Kitty regard her indiscretion with Townsend?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, The Painted Veil, Kitty makes several journeys. Discuss these journeys and how they function as a metaphor, a simile, or an allegory for the emotional journeys and progress she makes as a character throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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