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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. Who else do Birle and the Lord discover is out on the waters with them?

3. What do Birle and the Lord do to keep themselves distracted while stranded on the rock?

4. What happens to Birle when she realizes she has been spotted by the thief?

5. How do the brothers take the news of Orien being an Earl and the idea of the Kingdom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship that Birle develops with the Earl.

2. What changes once Orien is back in the Kingdom?

3. What new information do we find out about Birle's family and life in Chapter 7?

4. Who is Lady Fortune and what does Joaquim say about her?

5. Describe Corbel's initial appearance and his character.

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

7. What is Birle grateful for having known?

8. How do the Lord's sentences seem on Hearing Day?

9. What does Orien reveal to Birle now that he has found her again in Chapter 25?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Birle had the chance to live an easy life with no work as a Lady. In the beginning, she had wanted the escape from her Inn duties but it seems that at the end, she has changed her mind. What has brought this change about? Why does she refuse the life of a Lady and go back to one where she must do all the work herself? What are her reasons for leaving Orien and not telling him? Is she right to do so? How is she finally taking control of her Fortune's Wheel with this decision?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Corbel is one of the antagonists in the novel. Discuss and analyze his character. What sort of antagonist is he? What makes up his persona? How do others view him? How does Birle view him? What about Joaquim? Although we do not see Corbel often, why is he an essential character to the plot?

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