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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 approaches Josefa and Amara?
2. What do the group who come to the convent want?
3. Who captures and rapes Amara repeatedly?
4. What happens when Josefa is ill?
5. What do two fishermen see as they are mending their nets?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
2. What does Josefa do to help Amara's recovery?
3. What happened when Severo and Fra Murta question Amara for the second time?
4. What does Palinor tell Beneditx about the need to explain everything?
5. What does Jamie find out about Amara's birth mother?
6. What do the servants at Saracen's house demand of Fra Murta?
7. Who rescues Palinor and how did they do it?
8. What happens with Beneditx?
9. What does Fra Murta ask Amara and how does she respond?
10. What happens when Dolca comes into Palinor's room on an errand?
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
Fra Murta believes a country without religion sounds horrible, as religious leaders believe people's belief in God is the only thing that keeps them from sinning. Palinor counters by saying that people also will abide by laws, because they make sense, again providing an alternate explanation for something Grandinsula's leaders previously have attributed only to God.
1. Do you think people obey the law in America because the law makes sense? Why or why not?
2. Do you think Palinor's statement about the law holds true for every person who lives in Aclar? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think the religious leaders have such little faith in men obeying the law?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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