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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 unnamed man say about the newborn child?

2. What does the sister find in the fresh grave?

3. The woman in labor asks the unnamed man for more heat and _____________.

4. Who is walking through the woods as this section opens?

5. Who had made the path the vendor took in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the doctor's comments give Rinthy hope that her baby is still alive?

2. What debt does the tinker tell Rinthy that she owes?

3. Where does Rinthy follow the tinker in the hopes of finding her baby?

4. Why does Culla head into town and where does he learn that he may find some work?

5. What happens to the good boots that Culla is wearing?

6. What commotion does Culla experience when he reaches the town of Cheatham?

7. What does Culla do before going to the store again and what admonition does he give his sister before leaving?

8. Describe Rinthy's experience after she steals some turnips from a farmer.

9. Describe the kind old man who Culla encounters on his journey.

10. Who does Rinthy encounter when looking for a doctor?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of guilt. Identify at least two examples about guilt in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of guilt.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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