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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 Amara?

2. What does Severo give Jaime?

3. Why does Severo take Amara to the nunnery at Sant Clara?

4. While the four men are eating dinner, what does Beneditx do?

5. Who sends a priest for the child?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Severo respond to Jamie's story?

2. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about his view of the truth?

3. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

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

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

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

7. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about the need to explain everything?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Severo gets further proof of his belief that all things are God-ordained, when he encounters Josefa at Sant Clara. What one man sees as evidence of God's work, however, may look like a series of coincidences to another.

1. Do you think the fact of Josefa being at the convent is farther proof that there are no coincidences or accidents? Why or why not?

2. What do you think is meant by the second statement above? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Discuss a situation you or someone you know have experienced that would support or disavow Severo's belief in all things being God-ordained.

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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