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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. As Brother Cadfael and Sioned discuss Rhisiart's murder, whom do they agree did not murder Rhisiart?

2. How do many of the townspeople react to Prior Robert's accusation in Rhisiart's death?

3. What is Father Huw's job in Gwytherin?

4. Why is Brother Cadfael skeptical when Prior Robert claims that it is a miracle when St. Winifred leads him to her grave?

5. What does Peredur do when the men try to close in on Engelard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the warning that Padrig gives to Brother Cadfael and Brother John regarding the meeting about Prior Robert's proposal.

2. What is Father Huw's news after he meets with the heads of the parish?

3. What do we learn about Brother Cadfael from his response to Rhisiart's murder?

4. What clues does Brother Cadfael discover at the scene where Rhisiart was murdered?

5. What do we learn about Brother John from his reaction to Prior Robert's desire to obtain relics for the abbey?

6. How does Prior Robert try to avoid a debate with Father Huw regarding Prior Robert's proposal?

7. How does Sioned defy her culture's female stereotype at the scene of Rhisiart's murder?

8. What do we learn about Prior Robert from his behavior toward the townspeople of Gwytherin as he tries to get his proposal approved?

9. Contrast Brother Cadfael's approach to dealing with the townspeople with Prior Robert's approach to dealing with the townspeople.

10. When Rhisiart doesn't come to the dinner meeting to work out the differences with Prior Robert, what does Prior Robert believe about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the setting influence the events in the story? Give examples to explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Subplots have the same story elements as the main plot of a story. Explain one subplot from A Morbid Taste for Bones: A Mediaeval Whodunnit using exposition, inciting force, central conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Explain how the subplot is connected to the main plot of the story.

Essay Topic 3

A stereotype is a broad generalization about a certain group of people or a type of person that implies the members of this group have no individual qualities. In the time A Morbid Taste for Bones: A Mediaeval Whodunnit was set, society had certain expectations for females, a cultural female stereotype. What was the cultural female stereotype during the time the story was set? Which characters represent the stereotypical female of the time? How? Which characters defy the female stereotype of the time? How? Which male characters support the female stereotype? How do you know? Which male characters support the individuality of the female? How do you know?

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