The Scarlet Pimpernel Chapter 6 Quiz

In 'An exquisite of 92,' we are introduced to Sir Percy Blakeney and we learn more about the relationship between Sir Percy and Lady Blakeney. This chapter also highlights the underlying tensions within the popular couple's marriage.

  1. Why did London society disapprove of Sir Blakeney's decision to marry Lady Blakeney?

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  2. What does the young Vicomte challenge Sir Blakeney to?

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  3. Who tells the young Vicomte that it would be hardly fitting for him to commence his career in England by provoking Sir Blakeney to a duel?

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  4. Why was the double entendre 'golden key is said to open every door' an insult by those 'more malignantly inclined?'

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  5. What two birds did Lady Blakeney compare Sir Blakeney and the Vicomte to?

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  6. Despite the two inequalities above, which trait did Lady Blakeney believe everyone had full control over?

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  7. Before her marriage to Sir Percy Blakeney, Lady Blakeney was a popular actress at the

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  8. What action of Lady Blakeney's was considered by some as an 'artistic eccentricity' and others as a 'wise provision?'

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  9. Why was the Vicomte incredulous that Sir Blakeney would not fight him?

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  10. Why does Marguerite excuse herself?

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  11. 'Everyone knew that he was hopelessly stupid...' Why was this statement ironic?

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  12. Lady Blakeney was known as a French republican. Although she believed in equality for all 'from principle and by conviction,' what two inequalities did she concede were beyond the power of most people?

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  13. What is the great irony in Sir Blakeney and Lady Blakeney's marriage which causes incredulity in the eyes of London society?

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  14. Who noticed the 'curious look of intense longing, of deep and hopeless passion' in Sir Blakeney's eyes as he followed the 'retreating figure of his brilliant wife?'

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  15. What was the Blakeney family scandal which rocked London society?

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