Knowledge of Angels Test | Mid-Book 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 toy has Jaime brought Amara?

2. How many parties does the reader see traveling on the mountain?

3. Why is Beneditx angry?

4. What does Palinor ask to do?

5. Who accidentally lets Amara out among some dogs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Josefa observe about Amara especially when thinking about her younger brothers?

2. How is Amara doing now and what does she gain by it?

3. For what is Beneditx noted?

4. What do the nuns decide to do with Amara first and how do they do it?

5. What does Severo tell the nuns about Amara's suffering?

6. Why don't Margalida and Josefa get along?

7. Why is Beneditx angry and what does he remember about his mother's anger?

8. Where does Palinor travel to find help and what does the prefect observe about him?

9. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

10. What does Severo suggest to Beneditx?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This chapter elaborates on some of the primary religious questions raised in the novel. Palinor believes he arrived on the island by accident, while Severo and Beneditx believe his presence must have a godly purpose.

1. Do you think Palinor arrived at the island by accident? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think Severo and Beneditx want to persuade Palinor his coming was no accident?

3. If Palinor is burned at the stake for his lack of belief, would that change your answer to the first two questions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The fiery scene that Palinor encounters, as he enters Ciudad, represents Palinor's fear of dying by fire, and his fate in hell that religious leaders believe awaits unrepentant heretics. Fire is the one connection that Palinor shares with his religious adversaries and the only thing Palinor seems to be afraid of.

1. Discuss the symbolism surrounding the scene when Palinor rides into Ciudad.

2. Discuss in detail what kind of man do you think Fra Murta is that he would have the people out on the streets with torches for Palinor to see.

3. Why is Palinor's fear of dying by fire reasonable?

Essay Topic 3

When the prefect immediately throws Palinor in jail for not having a religion, it is clear that the island has no tolerance for dissenters, despite their station in life. Part of that intolerance is driven by fear, as the Christians on this island believe that religion keeps lawlessness at bay. Ironically, Palinor, a model of politeness and respect, has broken no moral code nor harmed anyone on Grandinsula, when he is thrown into jail.

1. Explain the irony in Palinor's situation. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think that intolerance is a problem in the world today? Why or why not?

3. Do you think that religion keeps people from committing crimes? Why or why not?

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