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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. About what do Palinor, Severo, and Beneditx speak?

2. What are the men doing at the snow house?

3. Why is Jaime worried?

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

5. What does Joffre reveal to Palinor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Amara get away from the convent?

4. Where does Palinor travel to find help and what does the prefect observe about him?

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

6. What does Joffre tell Palinor about Dolca?

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

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

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

10. For what is Beneditx noted?

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

There is a glimmer of hope for the nuns as Amara takes to the litter box. Her savage nature, however, is once more revealed as she immediately is accepted into a pack of hunters' hounds.

1. Do you think it is possible for a child to be raised in the wilds and survive? Why or why not?

2. Do you think, given Amara's age, she will ever be able to act completely human? Why or why not?

3. How do you think the situation with Amara could be used to test the nature versus nurture controversy?

Essay Topic 3

This book raises questions of what is human and what is animal, as well as questions of sin and forgiveness. Amara, who the nuns are trying to reform from her wolf-like ways, is treated horribly when she is gang-raped by shepherds.

1. Would you call the behavior of the shepherds more human than Amara's behavior at the Abbey? Why or why not?

2. Discuss what you believe is the difference between a human and an animal. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. What do you think the nuns should do with Amara at this point in the novel?

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