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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 say about his fall from the ship?
2. What does Palinor tell Fra Murta about his captains?
3. What does Severo suggest to Palinor?
4. What does Amara see when she is high on the mountain?
5. Why are the nuns distressed?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why are the nuns upset and what does Pare Aldonza say and then suggest?
2. What happens when Palinor is tortured?
3. What does Jamie find out when he asks around about abandoned babies?
4. What does Severo say to Fra Murta to explain his behavior concerning Palinor? How does the Fra feel about it?
5. What does Palinor see as he rides into Ciudad?
6. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta and why?
7. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?
8. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
9. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
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
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 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
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?
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