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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 forced to do to protect the Lord?

2. What do the people of the village and the Inn fear?

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

4. The fact that the man who has stolen the boat has no beard lets Birle realize that he holds what position in society?

5. What does Birle finally reveal to the Lord?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Chapter 2 discusses a brief family background of Birle's. Who is Granda, Gran, Lyss, Da, and Nan and how are they related to Birle?

3. 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?

4. What do the stranger and Birle discover about each other now that there is light, and how is it different from their initial impressions?

5. Why did Birle used to shirk from her inn duties?

6. 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?

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

8. What convinces the Lord to accept Birle as a traveling companion?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Both Birle and Orien are runaways, but both have different reasons for running away. What are Birle's reasons? What are Orien's reasons? Are their reasons valid for running away? Take a look at all that has happened to them because they chose to run away. Could it all have been avoided if they remained where they were? If they had not run away, what might have become of them?

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