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. Where do Margaret and James get married?

2. Who is the king when "The Thistle and the Rose" opens?

3. How do the common people respond to Margaret as she travels to marry James?

4. After her second child is born, how does Margaret feel about her future childbearing possibilities?

5. Who is angry at James for staying at Lady Heron's for too long?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Margaret have James do for Albany upon his arrival to Scotland?

2. Why are some people upset about how quickly Margaret married Angus?

3. What reasons does Margaret convey in a letter as to why Henry should not attack Scotland shortly after James dies in battle?

4. What does Margaret's title of "Regent" mean?

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

6. How does Henry approach his future kingship when he is young?

7. Why is Margaret opposed to James bringing in his illegitimate children to the castle?

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

9. Why does Henry deny Margaret's request for her inheritance from her brother Arthur?

10. Why does the political establishment not think Margaret is able to rule until young James comes of age?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the character of Margaret from the beginning of "The Thistle and the Rose" with the character of Margaret at the conclusion of "The Thistle and the Rose." How is she the same? How is she different? What were the major factors that changed her as a character, and what kept her the same?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Is Margaret a feminist? Use direct evidence from the text as support for your thesis.

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