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

2. How does the Lord say that men of his stature bathe in the winter?

3. To whom is Orien sold?

4. What is put on Birle and Yul to identify them as belonging to Corbel?

5. What causes the Lord to feel embarrassed in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Chapter 2 discusses a brief family background of Birle's. Who is Granda, Gran, Lyss, Da, and Nan and how are they related to Birle?

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

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

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

8. Describe Corbel's initial appearance and his character.

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although not said specifically, the idea of karma (what goes around comes around) is hinted at several times throughout the book. Define karma and what you think it means. Find the examples in the book which exemplify karma.

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

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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