The Thistle and the Rose Test | Final 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 does Margaret think about her sudden illness at the end of "The Thistle and the Rose"?

2. What does Margaret ask of Albany in regard to Angus?

3. Who flees with Angus once James assumes the throne?

4. What does someone tell James would have happened had he try to run from the guards during his escape attempt?

5. Why does Albany request permission to return to his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Angus respond to Margaret's confrontation when he visits her as she is en route to Henry's court?

2. Once Margaret learns that Albany has also been unfaithful, where does she put all of her energy and determination?

3. What makes Margaret give up on the idea of divorce when she first considers it seriously?

4. Why does the French king allow Albany to remain in France after Margaret returns to England?

5. What does Henry do to impress upon Margaret how his English Court is superior to her Scottish one?

6. Why does Angus fight Margaret's divorce request?

7. What weighs heavily on Henry's mind about his marriage to Katherine?

8. What does James realize about his captors after he is attacked while with George Douglas and his guards?

9. How do Katherine and Henry react to Margaret's plans for divorce?

10. What notable change does Margaret see in her son after he speaks to Parliament?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least four ways that Margaret goes against traditional gender roles of the times and how each of these non-traditional character traits helps or harms her in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast two of Margaret's husbands from "The Thistle and the Rose." What similarities do they have? What differences do they have? Make sure to address not only the characters but their marriages with Margaret as well, using direct evidence from the text in your paper.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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