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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 Joffre reveal to Palinor?

2. How is the reversal of roles succeeding between Beneditx and Palinor?

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

4. What stimulates Severo?

5. What toy has Jaime brought Amara?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Severo suggest to Beneditx?

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

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

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?

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