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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. When Birle begins to fear for their lives, what does the Lord promise to do?

2. Who chases Birle and the Lord?

3. How does Birle feel at the thought of marrying Muir?

4. Where do Birle and the Lord run to after they have been chased by a dog?

5. What happened to the one woman that Orien loved?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. What does the name Corbel seem to stand for, who uses it, and why?

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

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

8. What are the "treasures" Birle's grandparents bestow upon her and why are they so important?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting is extremely important to the novel. Although Birle and Orien are from the Kingdom, they end up many places outside of it. Discuss the importance of setting. What does it accomplish? What is the setting of the novel and what are a few examples of the places Birle and Orien travel to. What is their importance?

Essay Topic 2

Family is an important theme, especially in the beginning of the novel. Both Birle and Orien share stories of their families with one another. What is the importance of family to each character and how has family led them to their journey? How does the idea of a family tie-in to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Yul is an interesting character who is present for a large portion of the novel. He has a special connection with Birle. Analyze and discuss this connection that they share. How did it start? Could Birle have this kind of connection with anyone else? What do these two go through together? What eventually leads them to separate? Does this mean that their connection is also severed?

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