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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 Joaquim announce to Birle near the end of Chapter 18?
2. In front of what does Birle sit at the beginning of Chapter 24?
3. Who is the first person of Birle's family to spot her after her return home?
4. How long has it been since the beginning of the novel at the point where Birle and Orien finally are reunited during their time in slavery?
5. What can Nan tell about Birle without her saying anything?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Lady Fortune and what does Joaquim say about her?
2. What is decided upon in Chapter 20 of how they will be set free?
3. What does Birle come to understand about Gladaegal?
4. What sort of reputation has Birle earned in Chapter 17 amongst the people of the city while being a slave?
5. What does Birle decide at the end of Chapter 19?
6. Why does Birle reveal to Joaquim that she can read?
7. In Chapter 21, once Orien is well, what differences does he say is in Birle's character?
8. What does Joaquim say to convince Corbel to let Birle continue staying with him, and why does he do it?
9. When Orien is injured and Birle rushes to the laboratory, what does she realize?
10. Describe the relationship between Joaquim and Birle in Chapter 19.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Birle and Orien are the novel's two main character who journey together and face many obstacles both together and separately. Analyze their relationship and discuss the dynamics of it. In the beginning, what sort of relationship do they have? How does Birle feel for Orien? How does Orien feel for Birle? What does their relationship evolve into, and how? Do you see it coming? Have any feelings changed? Has the relationship changed? How? What events lead to the decisions in the end? Use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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