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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. From where is Palinor?

2. What do Severo and Beneditx debate?

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

4. What does Beneditx ask Palinor to do?

5. What is one of Beneditx's outstanding characteristics?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Severo decide to do with the wolf girl?

3. What happened to Amara that put her into her present condition when brought back to the Abbey?

4. How does Amara get away from the convent?

5. What does Severo suggest to Beneditx?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Severo think about as he falls asleep the first night of visiting Palinor and Beneditx?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Severo's dream brings to light the role the Cardinal has played in Palinor's downfall. Severo easily could have let Palinor go, as the man clearly washed up on Grandinsula by accident, but Severo chose to detain Palinor, because he was interested in talking further with the atheist. What has happened to Palinor on Grandinsula is not a result of God's providence or God's hand, but of Severo's selfish desires.

1. Do you think it is Severo's fault that Palinor is being held? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Palinor should lie to save his life? Why or why not?

3. What would you do if you were in Severo's position? How about Palinor's?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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