Knowledge of Angels Test | Final 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 Severo ask Rafal to do?

2. Why is Severo's dream important to him?

3. What does Jamie find out about abandoned babies?

4. What does Fra Murta believe about Palinor's descriptions of Aclar?

5. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fra Murta ask Amara and how does she respond?

2. What does Jamie do when he comes for Amara and what does he do with her?

3. What does Amara do after Jamie leaves her?

4. What happened when Severo and Fra Murta question Amara for the second time?

5. What happens with Beneditx?

6. What does Jamie find out about Amara's birth mother?

7. Summarize the discussion between Severo and Fra Murta about conscience and Palinor.

8. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?

9. Describe Severo's night the night before Palinor is burned.

10. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The fiery scene that Palinor encounters, as he enters Ciudad, represents Palinor's fear of dying by fire, and his fate in hell that religious leaders believe awaits unrepentant heretics. Fire is the one connection that Palinor shares with his religious adversaries and the only thing Palinor seems to be afraid of.

1. Discuss the symbolism surrounding the scene when Palinor rides into Ciudad.

2. Discuss in detail what kind of man do you think Fra Murta is that he would have the people out on the streets with torches for Palinor to see.

3. Why is Palinor's fear of dying by fire reasonable?

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