On Fortune's Wheel Test | Final 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 does the Earl reveal to Birle in Chapter 23?

2. What does Birle name her daughter?

3. What does Birle do to keep her mind distracted from Orien?

4. What do the notices around the city state?

5. How is Corbel's absence an advantage to Joaquim?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Birle come to understand about Gladaegal?

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. Describe Nan and Birle's meeting.

4. How is Birle's life now in Chapter 15, living with Joaquim?

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

6. How does Corbel see Birle differently now in Chapter 16?

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

8. What does Birle understand about Nan?

9. What sort of reputation has Birle earned in Chapter 17 amongst the people of the city while being a slave?

10. Describe Birle's work as a slave for Joaquim and what drives her to work so hard.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Birle wants control of her own life and situations, but she continually feels that fortune has a hand in everything. Joaquim even says "There are some who say that the Lady Fortune has a wheel , and all men are fixed upon it. The wheel turns, the men rise or fall, with the turning of the wheel." What does Joaquim mean with this statement? Who is Lady Fortune and how does it relate to Birle's view of fortune? How does fortune take away Birle's control?

Essay Topic 3

Birle has an interesting relationship with Nan. Describe who Nan is and how she is related to Birle. What does Birle feel for Nan given their relationship? How does she feel about her in the beginning of the book compared to the end? Throughout the novel, Nan is mentioned or thought of by Birle. Are these thoughts positive or negative? Why is Birle thinking about Nan and what does she owe to Nan? Discuss their relationship and how it has affected Birle's person. Use examples from the book.

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