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 happened to the Missionary who was the previous occupant of the bungalow?

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

3. Who does Waddington live with?

4. What startles the servants accompanying Kitty on the road to Mei-tan-fu?

5. After Kitty learns of Walter's work and talents, how does she regard him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

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

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

4. How does Kitty describe her first impression of Sister St. Joseph?

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

6. How does Waddington describe Walter?

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

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

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

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

The relationship of marriage is evident in several different couples in The Painted Veil. Compare and contrast Kitty and Walter's marriage with Charlie and Dorothy's marriage or Mr. and Mrs. Garstin's marriage. Point out similarities and differences and what those details infer about the characters in those relationships.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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