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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. From where have Joffre and Dolca walked?
2. What does Amara see when she is high on the mountain?
3. What does Amara say about the chapel?
4. Why is Palinor bound with cordeles and garrotes?
5. Why is Palinor at the blacksmith's shop?
Essay Topic 1
Severo gets further proof of his belief that all things are God-ordained, when he encounters Josefa at Sant Clara. What one man sees as evidence of God's work, however, may look like a series of coincidences to another.
1. Do you think the fact of Josefa being at the convent is farther proof that there are no coincidences or accidents? Why or why not?
2. What do you think is meant by the second statement above? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
3. Discuss a situation you or someone you know have experienced that would support or disavow Severo's belief in all things being God-ordained.
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
Amara's experience in the chapel affirms her utter lack of knowledge of God and gives Sor Agnete a new outlook on how non-Christians might see the world.
1. Why do you think Amara's experience in the chapel demonstrates there is no innate knowledge of God?
2. Do you think Sor Agnete will be able to translate what she realizes into wisdom? Why or why not?
3. Why do you think Amara would be frightened by the crucifix?
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