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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 Amara say about the chapel?
2. What does Beneditx tell Palinor about his idea of nonbelievers?
3. What does Severo do when Amara answers Fra Murta's second set of questions?
4. Where does Jamie stay when he comes to take Amara?
5. How does Palinor feel about Aclar?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Sor Agnete realize about the crucifix in the chapel?
2. What does Amara do after Jamie leaves her?
3. What happened when Severo and Fra Murta question Amara for the second time?
4. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
5. What happens with Beneditx?
6. What does Severo say to Fra Murta to explain his behavior concerning Palinor? How does the Fra feel about it?
7. What does Fra Murta ask Amara and how does she respond?
8. Why doesn't the abbess care about Amara?
9. Summarize the discussion between Severo and Fra Murta about conscience and Palinor.
10. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Amara's upbringing by wolves, however, seems to have altered her in ways that cannot be changed, such as her dislike for human touch and contact, things that humans have long assumed are necessary for healthy living. Like an animal, Amara only seems to live in the present and seems unaware of how the past and future affect her.
1. Do you think that animals live only in the present? Why or why not?
2. Do you think if a human child really was raised by the wolves that child would ever be able to learn all of the intricacies of being human? Why or why not?
3. What do you think would be the effect on human society if humans lived mostly for the present without looking back to the past or ahead to the future?
Essay Topic 3
This chapter elaborates on some of the primary religious questions raised in the novel. Palinor believes he arrived on the island by accident, while Severo and Beneditx believe his presence must have a godly purpose.
1. Do you think Palinor arrived at the island by accident? Why or why not?
2. Why do you think Severo and Beneditx want to persuade Palinor his coming was no accident?
3. If Palinor is burned at the stake for his lack of belief, would that change your answer to the first two questions? Why or why not?
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