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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. With what chores is Amara helping the nuns?

2. What is it that they find in a cave?

3. What takes Beneditx and Severo by surprise?

4. Why is Beneditx angry?

5. What does Severo give Jaime?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when Dolca comes into Palinor's room on an errand?

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

8. How does Amara get away from the convent?

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

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

Now that Beneditx has spent time with Palinor, he realizes that a man can be good without knowing God. Palinor has been nothing but kind and respectful to the people he has encountered, and he has used his time at Saracen's House to study and to make practical improvements to the grounds and for its servants.

1. Write a comparison of how Beneditx's and Palinor's relationship has changed compared to two persons from very different cultures who get to know each other well.

2. If nonbelievers can be good and believers can be bad, explain what you think creates a good or a bad person.

3. Do you think Palinor is being illogical for helping people who might put him to death? 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

While Amara has survived, her savage upbringing and subsequent gang rape have subjected her to horrible atrocities. God is clearly not present in, or protecting, her life.

1. What type of agenda do you think the author has by showing a girl like Amara who has suffered so much?

2. Do you think a child in real life could experience what Amara has and be as well as she has become? Why or why not?

3. Why do you think the shepherds who gang raped Amara were not arrested for the crime?

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