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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. Who is inside the bundle of dirty clothes that Yul leans against the wall?
2. Once Orien is well, what happens to him at night?
3. What does Birle tell Yul to do if they get parted at the marketplace?
4. What were Nan and Da planning to do with Birle before her wedding to Muir?
5. What is another thing the Earl reveals to Birle in Chapter 23?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Birle grateful for having known?
2. What does Birle decide at the end of Chapter 19?
3. Describe the relationship that Birle develops with the Earl.
4. What does Birle come to understand about Gladaegal?
5. Describe Birle's work as a slave for Joaquim and what drives her to work so hard.
6. How does Corbel see Birle differently now in Chapter 16?
7. What is decided upon in Chapter 20 of how they will be set free?
8. Describe the relationship between Joaquim and Birle in Chapter 19.
9. What sort of reputation has Birle earned in Chapter 17 amongst the people of the city while being a slave?
10. Describe Damall's character and who he is.
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
Many times people take something that has been given to them or something that they have learned for granted. Often times these gifts are taken for granted because people cannot see their true worth. Sometimes one might understand the true value of a gift and sometimes, never. For Birle, the two "treasures" she ultimately finds very useful to have is the ability to read and write. How did she initially feel about being given this treasure by her grandparents and why did she feel this way? Along her journey, how did her views of being able to read and write change? In what instances was it helpful? How does she regard her treasures by the end? Be specific using examples.
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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