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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 mythological creature does the Earl use as an example in the discussion that he and Birle have about doubt?

2. What is the first thing our main character is said to have seen in the very beginning of the novel?

3. The man's speech makes Birle think that the thief is possibly a what?

4. Who is the only person still wearing the shackles at the beginning of Chapter 11?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What tactics does Birle use in attempts to draw out her time spent with the Lord?

5. 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?

6. What do the Lord and Birle discuss about second marriages and second wives?

7. What leads Birle to suspect that perhaps the Lord might have committed a wrongdoing against another Lord?

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

9. 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.

10. In what ways does Birle demonstrate her independence and usefulness to the reader and Orien in Chapter 3?

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

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

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?

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