The Pillars of the Earth 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. Why does Alfred go to Aliena's home?

2. What is the advice William's mother gives him about how to become the earl of Shiring?

3. What does Jack study while he is in Toledo?

4. Why does Alfred throw Aliena out of the house?

5. What is Philip's reaction when he sees Remingus begging for food?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Aliena teach Elizabeth when they meet each other when seeking shelter from a storm?

2. Why is Jack angry with the conditions Philip gives him in order for him to be master builder of Kingsbridge cathedral?

3. Summarize what takes place when William Hamleigh and his men attack the Kingsbridge market.

4. Why does Jack invent an ingenious cloth felter for Aliena?

5. Why does Alfred come to see Jack after 10 years with no communication?

6. What are the changes Alfred proposes for the cathedral when Philip names him as master builder?

7. Describe the reaction of the masons working on Kingbridge cathedral when Jack announces that some of them are going to be laid off.

8. Describe Prior Philip's response to William Hamleigh when he arrives in Kingsbridge with his soldiers.

9. What are the aftereffects of William's attack on Kingsbridge on the citizens of the town?

10. How does Ellen find a way into Jack's cell after the monks lock him up for talking to Aliena?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Describe the events following the sinking of the White Ship.

2) What is the fate of lone survivor and how is he involved with Aliena, Jack, Waleran Bigot, Percy Hamleigh, and Prior James?

3) How does the survivors' lives affect the lives of these characters?

4) Cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

1) Imagine you are an historian reading Pillars of the Earth. Would you see the story as historically accurate?

2) Use details from the story to support your answer.

3) What plot or setting descriptions would you change to make it more historically accurate?

4) Are the historical figures, such as King Henry and Thomas Beckett, depicted accurately? Support the answer with examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze the structure of the novel.

2) What is the central conflict that is carried forward through each part of the novel?

3) Summarize the plot's climax and resolution.

4) Are the characterizations in the story realistic?

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