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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 types of people has Birle heard tales about since childhood, which might speculate as to who this mysterious figure might be?
2. What does the Lord finally reveal to Birle as they are talking during the period of being stranded?
3. Who does Orien wave his arms towards from his location on the rock?
4. How does Birle feel when she realizes she will never see the Lord again?
5. What does the Lord confess to Birle once they are safe from the dog and men?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Birle keep trying to prolong the time she spends with the Lord, and how does she do this in the beginning of Chapter 5?
2. Name a few differences in lifestyle between Birle and Orien that they mention.
3. In the beginning of her travels down the river with the Lord, Birle notes differences between him and men that she knows. What are they?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. What do the Lord and Birle discuss about second marriages and second wives?
7. When Orien is injured and Birle rushes to the laboratory, what does she realize?
8. Why did Birle used to shirk from her inn duties?
9. Describe the relationship that Birle develops with the Earl.
10. What new information do we find out about Birle's family and life in Chapter 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Many times people take something that has been given to them or something that they have learned for granted. Often times these gifts are taken for granted because people cannot see their true worth. Sometimes one might understand the true value of a gift and sometimes, never. For Birle, the two "treasures" she ultimately finds very useful to have is the ability to read and write. How did she initially feel about being given this treasure by her grandparents and why did she feel this way? Along her journey, how did her views of being able to read and write change? In what instances was it helpful? How does she regard her treasures by the end? Be specific using examples.
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