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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What mythological creature does the Earl use as an example in the discussion that he and Birle have about doubt?
(a) Phoenixes.
(b) Mermaids.
(c) Dragons.
(d) Nymphs.

2. What about the strange man captures Birle once he awakens in the morning?
(a) His tousled dark hair.
(b) The wink he sends her.
(c) His straight nose.
(d) His bellflower blue eyes.

3. Birle knows that the movement she sees at the beginning of the novel is not a man of the village because of what?
(a) Men of the village are shorter.
(b) Men of the village always walk in pairs.
(c) Men of the village make no noise.
(d) Men of the village carry a light.

4. What is Da's reason for protesting against Birle's engagement to Muir?
(a) Muir is too young.
(b) Birle is too young.
(c) Birle and Muir's social statuses do not match.
(d) Muir is too low-born for Birle.

5. As Birle watches the Lord shave, what understanding does she come to about this?
(a) She realizes shaving is a waste of precious time.
(b) She realizes men look better without beards.
(c) She realizes that shaving can be very dangerous.
(d) She realizes men look better with beards.

Short Answer Questions

1. What story does Birle tell the Lord?

2. Why does the Lord agree to take Birle with him on his journey?

3. What mistake does Birle make when the Lord pulls out his map?

4. To whom is Orien sold?

5. What does Birle finally reveal to the Lord?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the beginning of her travels down the river with the Lord, Birle notes differences between him and men that she knows. What are they?

2. Up until Chapter 6, Birle has more or less played the man's role in catching fish, rowing the boat, and even saving the Lord by slitting a dog's throat. But in this chapter, how does the Lord finally portray traits that are deemed "manly" by society?

3. Why does Orien pretend to be like Ker and Torson when the brothers begin to look at Birle as a woman?

4. What does the name Corbel seem to stand for, who uses it, and why?

5. For a young girl and an Innkeeper's daughter, Birle displays a very independent nature. Give a few examples of how she displays this in Chapter 1.

6. How could the initial encounter between Birle and the thief be described?

7. Joaquim and Corbel are brothers, yet they are vastly different. Briefly describe their differences and mention why Corbel keeps Joaquim around.

8. What do Ker and Torson say when Orien tells them of his heritage, and where he and Birle are from?

9. Where should Birle be in the beginning of Chapter 1 instead of where she is, and why is she not there?

10. Within Chapter 1, Birle observes the mysterious figure and has a brief encounter with him. What clues lead her to the conclusion that he is a city-man, what options does she rule out, and why?

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