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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 question from Birle turns the Lord reticent for two days?

2. What happens when Birle gives her leftover bread to the giant man?

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

4. What does Orien do to entertain Birle and pass the time while they are stranded on the rock?

5. What does the Lord tell Birle about the life of a wife of a huntsman?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What new information do we find out about Birle's family and life in Chapter 7?

6. Why does Birle agree to marry Muir, and how does she feel about the wedding near the end of Chapter 2?

7. 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.

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

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

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

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

Both Birle and Orien are runaways, but both have different reasons for running away. What are Birle's reasons? What are Orien's reasons? Are their reasons valid for running away? Take a look at all that has happened to them because they chose to run away. Could it all have been avoided if they remained where they were? If they had not run away, what might have become of them?

Essay Topic 3

We meet Gladaegal as we near the end of the novel. Compare and contrast Gladaegal and Orien. How is their relationship with one another? Who might make a better Earl, and why?

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