A Morbid Taste for Bones Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 happens to the procession bringing St. Winifred's bones to Shrewsbury, as it is raining?

2. What brings Brother John and Annest together?

3. Who is Engelard's new lord?

4. What is the purpose of Bened's trip to Walsingham?

5. How does Brother Columbanus injure Sioned when he tries to kill her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Brother Cadafel's plan to handle the situation involving St. Winifred's remains and Brother Columbanus' body?

2. What does Brother Cadfael do to manage Prior Robert when Bened tells of the miracles occurring at St. Winifred's former grave?

3. What is Brother Cadfael's plan to trap Rhisiart's murderer while the vigil is held at St. Winifred's grave?

4. Because the body of a murderer seems to be bringing as many miracles as the bones of a saint, what conclusion can we draw about the connection between beliefs, logic, faith, and miracles?

5. How does Prior Robert deal with Brother Cadfael's plan to trap Rhisiart's murderer while the vigil is held at St. Winifred's grave?

6. Contrast Brother Cadfael's opinion of women with the medieval opinion of women, as represented by Father Huw.

7. Contrast Brother Cadfael's thoughts about St. Winifred and Prince Cradoc with those of the community regarding St. Winifred and Prince Cradoc.

8. What is Peredur's confession at Rhisiart's funeral?

9. What are the results when Sioned strays from the plan to test Brother Columbanus to see if he killed Rhisiart?

10. How does Brother Cadfael capitalize on the people's faith and belief in miracles when he conceals Brother Columbanus' death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 6, Brother Cadfael explains to Bened, "There are holy persons outside orders as ever there are in, and not to trifle with truth, as good men out of the Christian church as most I've met within it."

In Chapter 9, Brother Cadfael explains to Father Huw, ". . . both men and women partake of the same human nature, Huw. We both bleed when we're wounded."

Explain the meaning of Brother Cadfael's statements. In what situations in the story did Brother Cadfael make these statements? What do these statements tell us about Brother Cadfael? What is the importance of these statements to the plot?

Essay Topic 2

What is stronger in A Morbid Taste for Bones: A Mediaeval Whodunnit--plot development or character development? Why? Give examples from the story to explain your answer. Do you think the author did this intentionally? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What clues or hints did the author provide that helped prepare you for the ending of the story? Did you think these clues were important as you read the story? Why or why not?

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