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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 the Lord say that men of his stature bathe in the winter?
2. What article of clothing does Birle use in hopes of the rain soaking it?
3. What does Birle conclude that the mysterious figure is after he spots her?
4. To whom is Orien sold?
5. What does Birle finally reveal to the Lord?
Short Essay Questions
1. How could the initial encounter between Birle and the thief be described?
2. What do the stranger and Birle discover about each other now that there is light, and how is it different from their initial impressions?
3. What new information do we find out about Birle's family and life in Chapter 7?
4. What do the Lord and Birle discuss about second marriages and second wives?
5. What are the "treasures" Birle's grandparents bestow upon her and why are they so important?
6. 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?
7. Why does Birle agree to marry Muir, and how does she feel about the wedding near the end of Chapter 2?
8. 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?
9. Briefly describe the discussion about Doubt that the Lord and Birle have.
10. Describe Corbel's initial appearance and his character.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
There are many characters in the novel that Birle and Orien meet. Choose one character and analyze him/her. Who is this character and what purpose does he/she serve to the story? What is his/her relationship to Birle and Orien?
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