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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 does Palinor say truth is like?

2. What is the greatest task ever asked of the nuns at Sant Clara?

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

4. What do the nuns decide the best approach is to helping Amara?

5. What do Severo and Beneditx debate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

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

3. What did Joffre ask Palinor and what was his reply?

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

5. What does Palinor say about men who break the law?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Beneditx struggles through the night with anger. He remembers his mother, who was single and provided for her son by mending linen and making clothes. The only thing that made her angry was, when her sewing tools were blunt or her thread would break. Benedict feels like his arguments with Palinor have been like those blunt tools, and he is angry that he did not recognize the errors that Palinor has pointed out. Beneditx knows his sin is pride in his own intelligence, and he has never before experienced the pain of defeat.

1. Do you think Beneditx is angry at himself or at Palinor? Why or why not?

2. No one likes to think they are very good at a particular skill and then find that someone else is better. What do you think Beneditx should do with the way he is feeling?

3. Do you think it is wrong for Beneditx to have pride in his intelligence? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Fra Murta, who is supposed to represent the height of religious power, is compared to a blight in this chapter. The Inquisitor's relish for flushing out heretics is difficult for Severo to stomach, as is the church's convenient way of avoiding murder by having civil authorities execute heretics. Even Amara takes an immediate dislike to Fra Murta. As the characters in this novel struggle to reconcile Palinor's lack of religion with his good character, Fra Murta presents a stark contrast. He is full of religious zeal, yet he has no qualms ordering torture and cruel execution for supposed heretics.

1. Hypocrisy seems to be evident in Fra Murta's character. Explain, using examples, why one would say Fra Murta is a hypocrite.

2. Why do you think the characters, such as Severo and Beneditx struggle to reoncile Palinor's character with their beliefs?

3. Why do you think Amara took an instant dislike to Fra Murta?

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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