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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. Where does Amara go?

2. What toy has Jaime brought Amara?

3. Who is to stay with Palinor?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?

2. How does Amara get away from the convent?

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

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

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

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

7. For what is Beneditx noted?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The fiery scene that Palinor encounters, as he enters Ciudad, represents Palinor's fear of dying by fire, and his fate in hell that religious leaders believe awaits unrepentant heretics. Fire is the one connection that Palinor shares with his religious adversaries and the only thing Palinor seems to be afraid of.

1. Discuss the symbolism surrounding the scene when Palinor rides into Ciudad.

2. Discuss in detail what kind of man do you think Fra Murta is that he would have the people out on the streets with torches for Palinor to see.

3. Why is Palinor's fear of dying by fire reasonable?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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