On Fortune's Wheel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 happened to the one woman that Orien loved?

2. When the Lord begins talking about unjust Lords, what does Birle begin to suspect?

3. What alerts the mysterious figure to Birle's presence?

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

5. What is Birle forced to do to protect the Lord?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joaquim say to convince Corbel to let Birle continue staying with him, and why does he do it?

2. What changes occur in Orien and Birle's relationship in Chapter 21 after Birle and Orien have escaped slavery and Orien is now healed?

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

4. Describe Nan and Birle's meeting.

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

6. 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?

7. Describe how Birle is treated by the middling man.

8. What does Birle decide at the end of Chapter 19?

9. Why does Birle reveal to Joaquim that she can read?

10. Name a few differences in lifestyle between Birle and Orien that they mention.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Birle and Orien are two very different people. Compare and contrast not only their lifestyles but also their characters. How these two different people manage to get along? Use specific examples from the book.

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

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.

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