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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 Esperanca say why Palinor cannot be a heretic?
2. What kind of cell does Beneditx retreat to?
3. Where will Jamie take Amara?
4. Why is Palinor at the blacksmith's shop?
5. Why does Fra Murta have a blacksmith with him when he visits Palinor?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't the abbess care about Amara?
2. Summarize the discussion between Severo and Fra Murta about conscience and Palinor.
3. What does Fra Murta ask Amara and how does she respond?
4. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta and why?
5. What happens with Beneditx?
6. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
7. What does Rafal tell Severo and what does Severo do?
8. How does Fra Murta finally get Palinor?
9. What happens when Palinor is tortured?
10. What does Jamie do when he comes for Amara and what does he do with her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fra Murta, who is supposed to represent the height of religious power, is compared to a blight in this chapter. The Inquisitor's relish for flushing out heretics is difficult for Severo to stomach, as is the church's convenient way of avoiding murder by having civil authorities execute heretics. Even Amara takes an immediate dislike to Fra Murta. As the characters in this novel struggle to reconcile Palinor's lack of religion with his good character, Fra Murta presents a stark contrast. He is full of religious zeal, yet he has no qualms ordering torture and cruel execution for supposed heretics.
1. Hypocrisy seems to be evident in Fra Murta's character. Explain, using examples, why one would say Fra Murta is a hypocrite.
2. Why do you think the characters, such as Severo and Beneditx struggle to reoncile Palinor's character with their beliefs?
3. Why do you think Amara took an instant dislike to Fra Murta?
Essay Topic 2
The theme of whether coincidences or luck have a place in a world supposedly ruled by God comes into play in Chapter 1.
1. What do you think the statement above means? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. There are some belief systems which state there are no coincidences. Discuss what you think about this belief.
3. Do you think the theme of whether coincidences or luck have a place in a world is adequately supported in the first chapter? Why or why not?
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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