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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 do the notices around the city state?
2. What does Birle suggest Orien do?
3. What does Joaquim announce to Birle near the end of Chapter 18?
4. What is Joaquim's goal?
5. What does Birle tell Yul to do if they get parted at the marketplace?
Short Essay Questions
1. What changes occur in Orien and Birle's relationship in Chapter 21 after Birle and Orien have escaped slavery and Orien is now healed?
2. Birle realizes that Corbel, along with being cruel and greedy, is also clever. How is he clever, especially with the throwing of the feast?
3. What does Joaquim say to convince Corbel to let Birle continue staying with him, and why does he do it?
4. What is Birle grateful for having known?
5. Describe Birle's work as a slave for Joaquim and what drives her to work so hard.
6. What does Birle understand about Nan?
7. What does Birle come to understand about Gladaegal?
8. How is Birle's life now in Chapter 15, living with Joaquim?
9. What does Birle decide at the end of Chapter 19?
10. What sort of reputation has Birle earned in Chapter 17 amongst the people of the city while being a slave?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Yul is an interesting character who is present for a large portion of the novel. He has a special connection with Birle. Analyze and discuss this connection that they share. How did it start? Could Birle have this kind of connection with anyone else? What do these two go through together? What eventually leads them to separate? Does this mean that their connection is also severed?
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
From start to finish, Birle has a very independent nature. As the heroine of the novel, is her independence refreshing? Is it appropriate for the time period the novel is set in? How is she independent and what does her independence say about her character? How has this trait helped her or impeded her? How did she develop her independence and has it driven her to make the write or wrong choices? Give several examples from the novel to support your claims.
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