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. What does Orien do to mark their presence where he and Birle are stranded?

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

3. What does Birle learn about the Lord's character in Chapter 3?

4. To whom is Orien sold?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. What do the stranger and Birle discover about each other now that there is light, and how is it different from their initial impressions?

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

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

7. In the beginning of Chapter 2, the mysterious man is asleep while Birle lies awake, yet she is unafraid. What makes her not fear this man?

8. Why did Birle used to shirk from her inn duties?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Birle and Orien are the novel's two main character who journey together and face many obstacles both together and separately. Analyze their relationship and discuss the dynamics of it. In the beginning, what sort of relationship do they have? How does Birle feel for Orien? How does Orien feel for Birle? What does their relationship evolve into, and how? Do you see it coming? Have any feelings changed? Has the relationship changed? How? What events lead to the decisions in the end? Use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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