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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 Jamie find out about abandoned babies?
2. Why does Severo insist that Palinor has not sinned?
3. Where is Palinor confined by Fra Murta?
4. What does Severo decide he used Amara for?
5. Why are the nuns distressed?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Eseranca say about Palinor?
2. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
3. Why does Severo turn Palinor over to Fra Murta?
4. Describe Severo's dream and what he sees is the moral in it.
5. What does Jamie find out about Amara's birth mother?
6. What do the servants at Saracen's house demand of Fra Murta?
7. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta and why?
8. What does Severo say to Fra Murta to explain his behavior concerning Palinor? How does the Fra feel about it?
9. What does Palinor see as he rides into Ciudad?
10. How does Fra Murta finally get Palinor?
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
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 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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