Knowledge of Angels Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Rafal tell Severo he can no longer serve him?

2. What does Severo wish he could do?

3. Why is Palinor at the blacksmith's shop?

4. What does Severo say settled the question about Palinor's knowledge of God?

5. Why does Amara keep climbing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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