On Fortune's Wheel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Orien say he feels towards his father for his actions?

2. When Birle awakens from sleeping on the boat in Chapter 6, what is she met with?

3. As Birle watches the Lord shave, what understanding does she come to about this?

4. What does the Lord think is the truth about his father's death?

5. What do the people of the village and the Inn fear?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What drives Birle to suggest that she travel with the Lord, and what compels him to agree?

4. What information do we finally learn about the Lord in Chapter 7? Why did he not reveal his identity sooner?

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From start to finish, Birle has a very independent nature. As the heroine of the novel, is her independence refreshing? Is it appropriate for the time period the novel is set in? How is she independent and what does her independence say about her character? How has this trait helped her or impeded her? How did she develop her independence and has it driven her to make the write or wrong choices? Give several examples from the novel to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

The novel has several literary elements that make up the story. Pick five elements (such as setting, conflict, etc.) and briefly describe how it relates to the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Family is an important theme, especially in the beginning of the novel. Both Birle and Orien share stories of their families with one another. What is the importance of family to each character and how has family led them to their journey? How does the idea of a family tie-in to the end of the novel?

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