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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 Birle grow accustomed to doing as she and Orien talk?

2. What is the only name by which Birle says she knows of her mother's father?

3. What relation do Joaquim and Corbel have?

4. What aspect of human nature is exemplified by Birle in this first chapter?

5. On the first evening, what does Birle attempt to request of the Lord?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What tactics does Birle use in attempts to draw out her time spent with the Lord?

4. Near the end of Chapter 5, the Lord is very sorrowful and then complains about having to sleep in a boat. Briefly describe just what he says and what his words tell us about his character.

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

6. 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?

7. Briefly describe the discussion about Doubt that the Lord and Birle have.

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

9. What do Ker and Torson say when Orien tells them of his heritage, and where he and Birle are from?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Birle wants control of her own life and situations, but she continually feels that fortune has a hand in everything. Joaquim even says "There are some who say that the Lady Fortune has a wheel , and all men are fixed upon it. The wheel turns, the men rise or fall, with the turning of the wheel." What does Joaquim mean with this statement? Who is Lady Fortune and how does it relate to Birle's view of fortune? How does fortune take away Birle's control?

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

The entire novel is told from Birle's point of view. Authors use a certain point of view to achieve a certain mood for the story. What do you think Voigt is trying to achieve in allowing us only Birle's thoughts and views? Why not see Orien's? How might the story have been different if we were to glimpse at what Orien thought. Would our thinking of the events of the book possibly change?

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