Knowledge of Angels Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where is Palinor confined by Fra Murta?

2. Why is Severo's dream important to him?

3. What do Severo and Fra Murta find out about Amara's knowledge of God?

4. What does Fra Murta do while on the island?

5. Who did the Christian encounter in Severo's dream?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fra Murta finally get Palinor?

2. What does Rafal tell Severo and what does Severo do?

3. Why does Severo turn Palinor over to Fra Murta?

4. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta and why?

5. What happened when Severo and Fra Murta question Amara for the second time?

6. What happens with Beneditx?

7. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?

8. What does Palinor think about as far as writings of St. Augustine?

9. What does Sor Agnete realize about the crucifix in the chapel?

10. What does Fra Murta tell Severo about Aclar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Palinor would consider anything a sin that advanced oneself at the expense of another. Sin should be left to church anyway, because churchmen have the expertise, Palinor says.

1. Discuss what behaviors might be considered sin by Palinor according to the above statement.

2. Do you agree with Palinor that sin should be left to the church? Why or why not?

3. Explain why, according to Palinor's definition of sin, his behavior with Dolca and Joffre would not be considered a sin.

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