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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. Why is the Earl (Orien's grandfather) initially impatient with Birle?
2. What happens at the end of Chapter 19?
3. When do Birle and Joaquim plan to leave the city?
4. What does Birle convince Joaquim to do at the beginning of Chapter 19?
5. Who is inside the bundle of dirty clothes that Yul leans against the wall?
Short Essay Questions
1. What sort of reputation has Birle earned in Chapter 17 amongst the people of the city while being a slave?
2. Describe the relationship that Birle develops with the Earl.
3. Describe Birle's work as a slave for Joaquim and what drives her to work so hard.
4. What does Birle decide at the end of Chapter 19?
5. Describe the relationship between Joaquim and Birle in Chapter 19.
6. What changes occur in Orien and Birle's relationship in Chapter 21 after Birle and Orien have escaped slavery and Orien is now healed?
7. How does Corbel see Birle differently now in Chapter 16?
8. What is Birle grateful for having known?
9. How does Joaquim use Birle's education in reading and writing, and what does this mean for her?
10. Describe Nan and Birle's meeting.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The setting is extremely important to the novel. Although Birle and Orien are from the Kingdom, they end up many places outside of it. Discuss the importance of setting. What does it accomplish? What is the setting of the novel and what are a few examples of the places Birle and Orien travel to. What is their importance?
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
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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