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

2. What aspect of human nature is exemplified by Birle in this first chapter?

3. Where on the ship is Orien moved to near the beginning of Chapter 11?

4. How do the brothers take the news of Orien being an Earl and the idea of the Kingdom?

5. How does Birle distract the Lord when he says he will take her back to the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Lord and Birle discuss about second marriages and second wives?

2. 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?

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

4. Briefly describe what happened with the woman Orien loved.

5. 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?

6. What are some speculations Birle makes about why the Lord is running away from home?

7. Briefly describe the discussion about Doubt that the Lord and Birle have.

8. Name a few differences in lifestyle between Birle and Orien that they mention.

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

10. What tactics does Birle use in attempts to draw out her time spent with the Lord?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Birle and Orien are two very different people. Compare and contrast not only their lifestyles but also their characters. How these two different people manage to get along? Use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Many times people take something that has been given to them or something that they have learned for granted. Often times these gifts are taken for granted because people cannot see their true worth. Sometimes one might understand the true value of a gift and sometimes, never. For Birle, the two "treasures" she ultimately finds very useful to have is the ability to read and write. How did she initially feel about being given this treasure by her grandparents and why did she feel this way? Along her journey, how did her views of being able to read and write change? In what instances was it helpful? How does she regard her treasures by the end? Be specific using examples.

Essay Topic 3

Birle has an interesting relationship with Nan. Describe who Nan is and how she is related to Birle. What does Birle feel for Nan given their relationship? How does she feel about her in the beginning of the book compared to the end? Throughout the novel, Nan is mentioned or thought of by Birle. Are these thoughts positive or negative? Why is Birle thinking about Nan and what does she owe to Nan? Discuss their relationship and how it has affected Birle's person. Use examples from the book.

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