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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. Who approaches Josefa and Amara?

2. What does Severo wonder as he lies on his pallet?

3. Where are they going to send Palinor?

4. Why is Beneditx worried?

5. What does Mother Superior ask of Jaime?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rafal tell Severo and what does Severo do?

2. Describe Severo's dream and what he sees is the moral in it.

3. Why doesn't the abbess care about Amara?

4. What does Palinor see as he rides into Ciudad?

5. What happens when Dolca comes into Palinor's room on an errand?

6. How does the author ask the reader to think about the island? What would those thoughts reveal?

7. What does Palinor think about as far as writings of St. Augustine?

8. What happens with Beneditx?

9. What do Severo and Beneditx debate about and what are each of their views?

10. What does Jamie do when he comes for Amara and what does he do with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amara's upbringing by wolves, however, seems to have altered her in ways that cannot be changed, such as her dislike for human touch and contact, things that humans have long assumed are necessary for healthy living. Like an animal, Amara only seems to live in the present and seems unaware of how the past and future affect her.

1. Do you think that animals live only in the present? Why or why not?

2. Do you think if a human child really was raised by the wolves that child would ever be able to learn all of the intricacies of being human? Why or why not?

3. What do you think would be the effect on human society if humans lived mostly for the present without looking back to the past or ahead to the future?

Essay Topic 2

Palinor commits what we would be considered horrible sexual sin in the eyes of Grandinsula's religious people. He has sex with a boy and a girl, and then watches them have sex with each other. Dolca and Joffre don't protest, however, and they seem to enjoy the learning experience. In this case, "sin" is presented as something that can be enjoyable and uplifting rather than something destructive and hurtful.

1. Do you think the definition of a "sin" which is to say something morally wrong differs from culture to culture? Why or why not?

2. It has been debated through the ages whether everyone sees immorality as representing the same behaviors. Why do you think Palinor's definition of morality is different from Beneditx's?

3. In a culture where an institution such as the church or the government defines what are right and wrong acts who benefits from the power that control people's lives with the threat of "sin" or the definition of morality? What would be the advantage to an institution to convince people that institution was the only authority that could define right and wrong?

Essay Topic 3

Palinor would consider anything a sin that advanced oneself at the expense of another. Sin should be left to church anyway, because churchmen have the expertise, Palinor says.

1. Discuss what behaviors might be considered sin by Palinor according to the above statement.

2. Do you agree with Palinor that sin should be left to the church? Why or why not?

3. Explain why, according to Palinor's definition of sin, his behavior with Dolca and Joffre would not be considered a sin.

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