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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 religion is the land of Aclar?
2. What does Amara see when she is high on the mountain?
3. What does Fra Murta ask Palinor three days after he is confined?
4. What does Beneditx tell Palinor about his idea of nonbelievers?
5. Why do the nuns decide to investigate Amara?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Severo's dream and what he sees is the moral in it.
2. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
3. Why does Severo turn Palinor over to Fra Murta?
4. Why is Severo looking on a map of the world?
5. What happened when Severo and Fra Murta question Amara for the second time?
6. Summarize the discussion between Severo and Fra Murta about conscience and Palinor.
7. Why is Josefa pleased with the way Amara is thinking?
8. What does Beneditx say to Palinor about his new knowledge of nonbelievers? What does Palinor say to him?
9. What does Fra Murta ask Amara and how does she respond?
10. What does Amara do after Jamie leaves her?
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
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?
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