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. During dinner conversation outlined in Chapter 32, what aspect of London does Waddington discuss at length?

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

3. What happened to the Missionary who was the previous occupant of the bungalow?

4. What is Kitty's first impression of Sister St. Joseph's demeanor?

5. What does Walter routinely do after Kitty goes to bed during their stay at Mei-tan-fu?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Waddington describe Charlie Townsend?

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

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

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

6. How does Kitty describe the city of Mei-tan-fu as she is carried to Walter's deathbed?

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

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

9. Does Sister St. Joseph want to return to France? Why or why not?

10. How does Waddington describe Dorothy Townsend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

When Kitty meets Waddington's mistress she contemplates afterward that "the beliefs and the ideals of the West seemed crude beside ideals and beliefs of which in this exquisite creature she seemed to catch a fugitive glimpse." How does this statement reflect an overarching theme between the relationship between West vs. East as portrayed in The Painted Veil?

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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