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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 Josefa notice about Amara?
2. How is the reader supposed to view the setting?
3. About what do Palinor, Severo, and Beneditx speak?
4. Who ends up caring for Amara?
5. What does Severo encounter at the entrance to his home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rafal tell Severo and what does Severo do?
2. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
3. Describe Severo's dream and what he sees is the moral in it.
4. How does Amara get away from the convent?
5. What did Joffre ask Palinor and what was his reply?
6. What do the nuns believe about Amara and what do they do about it?
7. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about his view of the truth?
8. What happens when Palinor is tortured?
9. What does Eseranca say about Palinor?
10. What does Josefa do to help Amara's recovery?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The abbess, like Beneditx, has lived a life cut off from the real world and doesn't encounter sins such as murder and bestiality. The murder was so uneventful to Amara, who grew up in world where killing was often frequent and necessary to eat, that she doesn't even remember why she murdered her sister.
1. Do you think someone like the abbess so cut off from reality is a good person to deal with Amara? Why or why not?
2. Why do you think the murder of her sister doesn't bother Amara?
3. Do you think Amara should be found guilty of murder? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Fra Murta, who is supposed to represent the height of religious power, is compared to a blight in this chapter. The Inquisitor's relish for flushing out heretics is difficult for Severo to stomach, as is the church's convenient way of avoiding murder by having civil authorities execute heretics. Even Amara takes an immediate dislike to Fra Murta. As the characters in this novel struggle to reconcile Palinor's lack of religion with his good character, Fra Murta presents a stark contrast. He is full of religious zeal, yet he has no qualms ordering torture and cruel execution for supposed heretics.
1. Hypocrisy seems to be evident in Fra Murta's character. Explain, using examples, why one would say Fra Murta is a hypocrite.
2. Why do you think the characters, such as Severo and Beneditx struggle to reoncile Palinor's character with their beliefs?
3. Why do you think Amara took an instant dislike to Fra Murta?
Essay Topic 3
While Taddeo and Margalida break no laws, their heartless treatment of Josefa brings up questions of what is the true nature of Christian love, especially between a parent and a child.
1. Explain why you agree or disagree with the statement above.
2. Do you think just because someone claims to be religious it automatically makes them a good person? Why or why not?
3. Do you think Taddeo and Margalida's treatment of Josefa is abusive? Why or why not?
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