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. While he is digging for St. Winifred's remains, how does Brother Cadfael imagine St. Winifred?

2. How does Peredur feel when he hears that Sioned and Engelard will be able to marry?

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

4. What are Sioned's servants carrying when they approach Prior Robert and the brothers?

5. What events, as explained to Prior Robert, prove that St. Winifred must be powerful and supremely worthy of honor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Brother John take advantage of his punishment?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. How do Father Huw, Brother Richard, Brother Jerome, and Brother Columbanus fare with Brother Cadfael's plan to trap Rhisiart's murderer?

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

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

8. What is Annest's concern about Brother John and how is her concern dealt with?

9. What is the dilemma faced by Brother Cadfael regarding Brother Columbanus being found guilty or not guilty of murdering Rhisiart?

10. How do Brother Cadfael and Sioned test Brother Columbanus to determine if he killed Rhisiart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although A Morbid Taste for Bones: A Mediaeval Whodunnit takes place in the 12th century, there are topics described in the story that are still relevant today. Describe a conflict, theme, or issue from A Morbid Taste for Bones: A Mediaeval Whodunnit that is common to all people. Give examples from the story and current events to support 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

Irony is when what happens is different from what is expected to happen; for example, a ski trip is canceled because of a snowstorm, or a firehouse catches fire. Describe the ironic situation involving the events that occur at St. Winifred's actual resting place in Gwytherin and the events that occur at the place where Prior Robert thinks she is buried, in Shrewsbury. Do you think the author intentionally had irony in mind when he included this situation? Why or why not?

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