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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 Severo wonder as he lies on his pallet?

2. What makes Josefa happy about Amara's question?

3. What does Beneditx ask Palinor to do?

4. With what chores is Amara helping the nuns?

5. Why is Beneditx worried?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Severo and Beneditx debate about and what are each of their views?

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

4. Who rescues Palinor and how did they do it?

5. What about Gaspar and his life does Severo think of while he is riding to see Palinor?

6. For what is Beneditx noted?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of whether coincidences or luck have a place in a world supposedly ruled by God comes into play in Chapter 1.

1. What do you think the statement above means? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. There are some belief systems which state there are no coincidences. Discuss what you think about this belief.

3. Do you think the theme of whether coincidences or luck have a place in a world is adequately supported in the first chapter? 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

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?

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