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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. Why does Rafal tell Severo he can no longer serve him?
2. Why is Severo's dream important to him?
3. Why do the nuns decide to investigate Amara?
4. What does Amara say when asked about her twin?
5. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jamie find out when he asks around about abandoned babies?
2. Why is Josefa pleased with the way Amara is thinking?
3. What does Jamie do when he comes for Amara and what does he do with her?
4. What does Eseranca say about Palinor?
5. What does Rafal tell Severo and what does Severo do?
6. Why are the nuns upset and what does Pare Aldonza say and then suggest?
7. What do the nuns believe about Amara and what do they do about it?
8. What does Palinor think about as far as writings of St. Augustine?
9. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
10. What does Fra Murta tell Severo about Aclar?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
There is a glimmer of hope for the nuns as Amara takes to the litter box. Her savage nature, however, is once more revealed as she immediately is accepted into a pack of hunters' hounds.
1. Do you think it is possible for a child to be raised in the wilds and survive? Why or why not?
2. Do you think, given Amara's age, she will ever be able to act completely human? Why or why not?
3. How do you think the situation with Amara could be used to test the nature versus nurture controversy?
Essay Topic 3
Beneditx struggles through the night with anger. He remembers his mother, who was single and provided for her son by mending linen and making clothes. The only thing that made her angry was, when her sewing tools were blunt or her thread would break. Benedict feels like his arguments with Palinor have been like those blunt tools, and he is angry that he did not recognize the errors that Palinor has pointed out. Beneditx knows his sin is pride in his own intelligence, and he has never before experienced the pain of defeat.
1. Do you think Beneditx is angry at himself or at Palinor? Why or why not?
2. No one likes to think they are very good at a particular skill and then find that someone else is better. What do you think Beneditx should do with the way he is feeling?
3. Do you think it is wrong for Beneditx to have pride in his intelligence? Why or why not?
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