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 work does Walter quote with his last words?

2. When Walter asks Kitty if the baby is his, what is her response?

3. What about Walter's appearance, as described in Chapter 56, shocks Kitty during their conversation?

4. What reason does Walter give for despising himself in Chapter 47?

5. When Kitty asks Walter if he wanted her to die from cholera in Chapter 57, what is his response?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Kitty asks Waddington about immortality, what is his response?

2. How does Kitty describe her first impression of Waddington?

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

4. How does Kitty regard her indiscretion with Townsend?

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

6. After visiting the convent, why does Kitty feel so unhappy back at the bungalow.

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

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

9. How does Kitty describe the chapel at the convent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the preface Maugham discusses how he was inspired by a plot line in Dante's Purgatorio due to its modern elements. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that: The Painted Veil is a modern plot? Specifically discuss why or why not it is relevant and applicable to today's society and if it is accessible to the reader.

Essay Topic 2

Duty is a theme throughout The Painted Veil. Discuss three different character's views of duty and how it is exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these accounts of duty, does Maugham create an overarching definition of what duty is?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel Maugham sets forth different views on the purpose of life as given by several characters. Compare and contrast the specific view on the purpose of life by two or more characters. Give specific textual information on how these characters exhibit and come to these views. Also in the conclusion address whether or not Maugham selects one as being THE view on the purpose of life.

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