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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 is one of Beneditx's outstanding characteristics?
2. What does Palinor ask?
3. Who accidentally lets Amara out among some dogs?
4. Why has Jaime come to Sant Clara?
5. What does Severo wonder as he lies on his pallet?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where is Palinor staying in Cuidad and what does Beneditx do about Palinor?
2. How does Severo respond to Jamie's story?
3. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about his view of the truth?
4. What does Severo think about as he falls asleep the first night of visiting Palinor and Beneditx?
5. What does Severo tell the nuns about Amara's suffering?
6. What do the nuns decide to do with Amara first and how do they do it?
7. How is Amara doing now and what does she gain by it?
8. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about the need to explain everything?
9. What do Severo and Beneditx debate about and what are each of their views?
10. Why is Beneditx angry and what does he remember about his mother's anger?
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
While Amara has survived, her savage upbringing and subsequent gang rape have subjected her to horrible atrocities. God is clearly not present in, or protecting, her life.
1. What type of agenda do you think the author has by showing a girl like Amara who has suffered so much?
2. Do you think a child in real life could experience what Amara has and be as well as she has become? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think the shepherds who gang raped Amara were not arrested for the crime?
Essay Topic 3
Amara's experience in the chapel affirms her utter lack of knowledge of God and gives Sor Agnete a new outlook on how non-Christians might see the world.
1. Why do you think Amara's experience in the chapel demonstrates there is no innate knowledge of God?
2. Do you think Sor Agnete will be able to translate what she realizes into wisdom? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think Amara would be frightened by the crucifix?
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