The Thistle and the Rose Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Eleanor Hibbert and Jean Plaidy
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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 is Anne's health like when she is first introduced in the novel?

2. Who is Bell-the-Cat in relation to Angus?

3. Who is Alexander?

4. Why does James not think his infidelity has anything to do with his bad luck with having children with Margaret?

5. What does Margaret request James not do on his pilgrimage to pray for another child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of relationship does Margaret want with James?

2. How does James react to the death of Margaret's palfreys?

3. Why does Albany agree to go to Scotland when the King of France requests it?

4. How does the young Henry feel about Margaret's planned marriage to James?

5. Why does James think it's a perfectly fine idea to bring his illegitimate children to the castle to live?

6. Why is there a need for another son besides Henry in the Tudor family?

7. How does James react to learning that Janet Kennedy has a lover 25 years her senior?

8. How does Henry respond to Margaret's letter requesting that he not invade Scotland shortly after James dies in battle?

9. What does James do after the birth of his first child, a son, by Margaret?

10. What does Lord Drummond request of Angus in regard to his love life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several battles play a key role in "The Thistle and the Rose." Discuss at least three challenges an author faces when writing battle scenes and at least three literary devices Plaidy uses when writing about battle in "The Thistle and the Rose," using examples from the text as supporting evidence.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze one father/son relationship in "The Thistle and the Rose." Is it a positive relationship? A negative one? What does the reader learn about each character through their relationship with each other? What function does the relationship serve in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

While virtually all of the male characters in "The Thistle and the Rose" have affairs, some of these affairs are more consequential than others. Discuss which affair is the most egregious in "The Thistle and the Rose," why this particular affair is the most egregious, and the major consequences for other characters that happen as a result of this affair.

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