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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 Palinor wonder about passionately religious people?
2. What does Fra Murta demand of the nuns?
3. Why is Severo's dream important to him?
4. Why does the inquisitor know he has Palinor?
5. What haunts Beneditx?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Palinor think about as far as writings of St. Augustine?
2. What do the nuns believe about Amara and what do they do about it?
3. Describe Severo's dream and what he sees is the moral in it.
4. Why are the nuns upset and what does Pare Aldonza say and then suggest?
5. What does Severo hope about Fra Murta?
6. What does Amara do after Jamie leaves her?
7. What does Sor Agnete realize about the crucifix in the chapel?
8. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
9. What does Palinor see as he rides into Ciudad?
10. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Severo's dream brings to light the role the Cardinal has played in Palinor's downfall. Severo easily could have let Palinor go, as the man clearly washed up on Grandinsula by accident, but Severo chose to detain Palinor, because he was interested in talking further with the atheist. What has happened to Palinor on Grandinsula is not a result of God's providence or God's hand, but of Severo's selfish desires.
1. Do you think it is Severo's fault that Palinor is being held? Why or why not?
2. Do you think Palinor should lie to save his life? Why or why not?
3. What would you do if you were in Severo's position? How about Palinor's?
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
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?
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