A Morbid Taste for Bones Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Prior Robert's goal in acquiring a relic?

Prior Robert's goal in acquiring a relic is to bring prestige to the abbey. However, he is more interested in bringing honor and glory to himself by acquiring a relic.

2. After Prior Robert discusses acquiring a relic, how do the monks care for Brother Columbanus when he has an episode of "falling sickness"?

After Prior Robert discusses acquiring a relic, the monks care for Brother Columbanus when he has an episode of "falling sickness" by restraining him. Abbot Heribert suggests that Brother Columbanus be taken to the infirmary, and that they pray for him. Prior Robert tells Brother Jerome to care for Brother Columbanus. Brother Cadfael gives Brother Columbanus one of his herbal mixtures to help him sleep.

3. How does Brother Jerome's dream of Winifred benefit Brother Columbanus?

Brother Jerome's dream of Winifred benefits Brother Columbanus because St. Winifred tells Brother Jerome that there is a spring in Wales where she was martyred that will cure Columbanus of his "falling sickness" if he bathes in the spring. Prior Robert sends Brother Columbanus to the spring. When Brother Columbanus returns, he is cured.

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