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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. Who tells Beneditx he needs his assistance?

2. Who approaches Josefa and Amara?

3. What does Severo encounter at the entrance to his home?

4. What does Palinor do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Beneditx angry and what does he remember about his mother's anger?

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

4. How does Severo respond to Jamie's story?

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

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

7. For what is Beneditx noted?

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

9. What do the nuns decide to do with Amara first and how do they do it?

10. What does Josefa do to help Amara's recovery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This chapter elaborates on some of the primary religious questions raised in the novel. Palinor believes he arrived on the island by accident, while Severo and Beneditx believe his presence must have a godly purpose.

1. Do you think Palinor arrived at the island by accident? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think Severo and Beneditx want to persuade Palinor his coming was no accident?

3. If Palinor is burned at the stake for his lack of belief, would that change your answer to the first two questions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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