Knowledge of Angels Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the priest tell the Mother Superior?

2. What does Joffre reveal to Palinor?

3. Where are they going to send Palinor?

4. About what do Palinor, Severo, and Beneditx speak?

5. Who sends a priest for the child?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sor Blancha realize Amara misses Josefa and what happens when she does?

2. What is the creature, the nervados, tracked doing when they see it and what happens in the first few minutes?

3. For what is Beneditx noted?

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

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

6. What does Severo think about as he falls asleep the first night of visiting Palinor and Beneditx?

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

8. Who is waiting for Severo when he returns home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book raises questions of what is human and what is animal, as well as questions of sin and forgiveness. Amara, who the nuns are trying to reform from her wolf-like ways, is treated horribly when she is gang-raped by shepherds.

1. Would you call the behavior of the shepherds more human than Amara's behavior at the Abbey? Why or why not?

2. Discuss what you believe is the difference between a human and an animal. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. What do you think the nuns should do with Amara at this point in the novel?

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

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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