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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 is discovered about what is going to happen to Birle and Orien at the end of Chapter 10?

2. Who is Birle's master?

3. What does Birle suggest so that she does not have to part from the Lord?

4. Birle knows that the movement she sees at the beginning of the novel is not a man of the village because of what?

5. What does Birle suggest the Lord do so as to increase her time spent with him once they reach the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Birle keep trying to prolong the time she spends with the Lord, and how does she do this in the beginning of Chapter 5?

2. What leads Birle to suspect that perhaps the Lord might have committed a wrongdoing against another Lord?

3. What are the "treasures" Birle's grandparents bestow upon her and why are they so important?

4. Describe the encounter between the dog, the Lord, and Birle. What about Birle's character is expressed through her actions?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Near the end of Chapter 5, the Lord is very sorrowful and then complains about having to sleep in a boat. Briefly describe just what he says and what his words tell us about his character.

9. In what ways does Birle demonstrate her independence and usefulness to the reader and Orien in Chapter 3?

10. Describe how Birle is treated by the middling man.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting is extremely important to the novel. Although Birle and Orien are from the Kingdom, they end up many places outside of it. Discuss the importance of setting. What does it accomplish? What is the setting of the novel and what are a few examples of the places Birle and Orien travel to. What is their importance?

Essay Topic 2

There are many characters in the novel that Birle and Orien meet. Choose one character and analyze him/her. Who is this character and what purpose does he/she serve to the story? What is his/her relationship to Birle and Orien?

Essay Topic 3

Birle wants control of her own life and situations, but she continually feels that fortune has a hand in everything. Joaquim even says "There are some who say that the Lady Fortune has a wheel , and all men are fixed upon it. The wheel turns, the men rise or fall, with the turning of the wheel." What does Joaquim mean with this statement? Who is Lady Fortune and how does it relate to Birle's view of fortune? How does fortune take away Birle's control?

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