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. Where do Birle and the Lord run to after they have been chased by a dog?

3. What is the first "treasure" that Birle's grandparents showed her?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How could the initial encounter between Birle and the thief be described?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

8. Describe Ker and Torson's treatment of Orien and Birle.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loyalty is a theme seen within the novel various times. Analyze and discuss the loyalty between one of the following pairs:

1. Birle and Orien.

2. Birle and Joaquim.

3. Birle and Yul.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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