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. When Kitty finds herself suffering nausea and vomits, what causes her to faint?

2. When Kitty arrives at the convent to offer her services in Chapter 48, why is Mother Superior crying?

3. How do the older Chinese orphan girls spend their time at the convent?

4. What habit of the Fanes does Waddington find surprising and dangerous?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

7. How does Waddington describe Walter?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One recurrent theme in The Painted Veil is the importance of respect, especially in regard to the character of Kitty. Discuss what Kitty's idea of respect is and how that idea is influenced by secondary characters such as Waddington, Mother Superior, and Dorothy. Discuss how Kitty's idea of respect evolves throughout the novel, using specific textual examples of how this is manifested.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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