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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 is Margarlida ordering around?

2. What toy has Jaime brought Amara?

3. What does Jaime question?

4. What does Severo encounter at the entrance to his home?

5. Who does Palinor say he is?

Short Essay Questions

1. When a man comes up to Amara and Josefa as they cut nettles what does he tell them?

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

3. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

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

5. What is the creature, the nervados, tracked doing when they see it and what happens in the first few minutes?

6. Who is waiting for Severo when he returns home?

7. What does Severo suggest to Beneditx?

8. Who rescues Palinor and how did they do it?

9. Where is Palinor staying in Cuidad and what does Beneditx do about Palinor?

10. How does Sor Blancha realize Amara misses Josefa and what happens when she does?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Palinor tells his entire story to the court, telling them that he rose to power through his achievements and respect of his fellow countrymen, attributes that are necessary to gain authority in the theocracy of Grandinsula.

1. From the above sentence and reading in the book what do you think a theocracy is and why would that form of government be a threat to the governing body on the island?

2. Discuss what do you think of a country where a man can become king through achievements and respect?

3. Do you think, given Palinor's background there is anyway for him to find common ground with those on the island? Why or why not?

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

The abbess, like Beneditx, has lived a life cut off from the real world and doesn't encounter sins such as murder and bestiality. The murder was so uneventful to Amara, who grew up in world where killing was often frequent and necessary to eat, that she doesn't even remember why she murdered her sister.

1. Do you think someone like the abbess so cut off from reality is a good person to deal with Amara? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think the murder of her sister doesn't bother Amara?

3. Do you think Amara should be found guilty of murder? Why or why not?

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