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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 is Birle's position in society?
2. What does the Lord think is the truth about his father's death?
3. What about the strange man captures Birle once he awakens in the morning?
4. What is Birle's goal in regards to the thief and the boat?
5. Who tries to buy Birle first?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Birle's life now in Chapter 15, living with Joaquim?
2. Birle sees a hand nailed to a board holding a gold coin and she finds out that there is another hand on the other side as well as the heads that go with the hands elsewhere at the marketplace. What do these represent and who are they?
3. 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.
4. What new information do we find out about Birle's family and life in Chapter 7?
5. Describe Nan and Birle's meeting.
6. What do Ker and Torson say when Orien tells them of his heritage, and where he and Birle are from?
7. What are the "treasures" Birle's grandparents bestow upon her and why are they so important?
8. Why did Birle used to shirk from her inn duties?
9. Birle realizes that Corbel, along with being cruel and greedy, is also clever. How is he clever, especially with the throwing of the feast?
10. Who is Lady Fortune and what does Joaquim say about her?
Essay Topic 1
Birle and Orien are two very different people. Compare and contrast not only their lifestyles but also their characters. How these two different people manage to get along? Use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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