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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 Amara say about the chapel?
2. What was unusual about Amara's birth?
3. What does Palinor wonder about as he waits for the morning?
4. Where will Jamie take Amara?
5. To what fire is Fra Murta referring?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't the abbess care about Amara?
2. What happens when Palinor is tortured?
3. What does Jamie find out when he asks around about abandoned babies?
4. What does Jamie find out about Amara's birth mother?
5. What happens with Beneditx?
6. What does Sor Agnete realize about the crucifix in the chapel?
7. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?
8. Describe Severo's night the night before Palinor is burned.
9. Why does Severo turn Palinor over to Fra Murta?
10. What do the servants at Saracen's house demand of Fra Murta?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Palinor tells his entire story to the court, telling them that he rose to power through his achievements and respect of his fellow countrymen, attributes that are necessary to gain authority in the theocracy of Grandinsula.
1. From the above sentence and reading in the book what do you think a theocracy is and why would that form of government be a threat to the governing body on the island?
2. Discuss what do you think of a country where a man can become king through achievements and respect?
3. Do you think, given Palinor's background there is anyway for him to find common ground with those on the island? Why or why not?
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