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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. Why does the inquisitor know he has Palinor?
2. Where is Palinor confined by Fra Murta?
3. What has Palinor the most afraid?
4. How does Severo feel about Fra Murta?
5. What does Fra Murta say will make Palinor confess his sins?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Severo hope about Fra Murta?
2. Why are the nuns upset and what does Pare Aldonza say and then suggest?
3. What does Palinor see as he rides into Ciudad?
4. Why does Severo say the experiment with Amara is void?
5. What happens when Palinor is tortured?
6. What does Sor Agnete realize about the crucifix in the chapel?
7. What does Jamie do when he comes for Amara and what does he do with her?
8. How does Fra Murta finally get Palinor?
9. What does Jamie find out about Amara's birth mother?
10. What does Severo say to Fra Murta to explain his behavior concerning Palinor? How does the Fra feel about it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fra Murta, who is supposed to represent the height of religious power, is compared to a blight in this chapter. The Inquisitor's relish for flushing out heretics is difficult for Severo to stomach, as is the church's convenient way of avoiding murder by having civil authorities execute heretics. Even Amara takes an immediate dislike to Fra Murta. As the characters in this novel struggle to reconcile Palinor's lack of religion with his good character, Fra Murta presents a stark contrast. He is full of religious zeal, yet he has no qualms ordering torture and cruel execution for supposed heretics.
1. Hypocrisy seems to be evident in Fra Murta's character. Explain, using examples, why one would say Fra Murta is a hypocrite.
2. Why do you think the characters, such as Severo and Beneditx struggle to reoncile Palinor's character with their beliefs?
3. Why do you think Amara took an instant dislike to Fra Murta?
Essay Topic 2
The fiery scene that Palinor encounters, as he enters Ciudad, represents Palinor's fear of dying by fire, and his fate in hell that religious leaders believe awaits unrepentant heretics. Fire is the one connection that Palinor shares with his religious adversaries and the only thing Palinor seems to be afraid of.
1. Discuss the symbolism surrounding the scene when Palinor rides into Ciudad.
2. Discuss in detail what kind of man do you think Fra Murta is that he would have the people out on the streets with torches for Palinor to see.
3. Why is Palinor's fear of dying by fire reasonable?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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