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. How long does Baby Arthur live for?

2. When does Archibald start being called "Angus"?

3. What happens to Margaret's second child soon after being born?

4. How does Margaret react to James when she first meets him?

5. Who is John Stuart?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens with the transition of power after James is killed in battle?

2. What does Bell-the-Cat tell Angus on his deathbed?

3. In "The Curse of Sauchieburn," why does Margaret try to intervene with James when several Scottish men are arrested in England?

4. How does Margaret react to the death of her mother?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss how childbirth is portrayed in "The Thistle and the Rose." Is it conveyed as a positive experience for the women and men? How does it change the reader's opinion of women who have given birth, particularly those who have gone through difficult births or even died in childbirth? What literary devices does Plaidy use to convey the experience of childbirth to a modern reader reading about childbirth during this time in history?

Essay Topic 2

Religion plays an important, if behind-the-scenes, role in "The Thistle and the Rose." Discuss the role religion plays in the text and how Plaidy conveys it throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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