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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 did the Lord choose men to do his bidding?

2. What was Alvin gratified to see?

3. What did Alvin think when he 'saw' the fresh corpse beneath the soil?

4. How old is Alvin at this point in the story?

5. What did Peggy figure out about why her mother had been disappointed with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was it that stopped Alvin from being overcome by the Unmaker?

2. Why does Horace need his secret kept, and why is it in the best interests of Alvin not to tell his secret?

3. What might Peggy have said if she had gotten a chance, before her mama died?

4. For what reasons did Alvin make the manacles, and why didn't he put them in water to cool?

5. Why did Alvin figure Mock Berry didn't thank him for getting him a fair price?

6. What did Peggy notice about Mistress Modesty's heart when she was looking at Peggy?

7. What was the Unmaker's tool in the land?

8. How did Peggy see the world around the Hio?

9. What did the changes Alvin made in Arthur Stuart do to his heartfire and futures according to Peggy?

10. What sacrifice did the Black slave girl make? Why did she make this choice?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Alvin's behavior at Hatrack Mouth as gallant heroism, or unabashed brutality. Document your opinion either utilizing Alvin's opinion of himself while he was playing up to the river rats, or Miss Larner's behavior after he had defended her honor.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the exchange of information that occurs between Measure and Alvin at the end of the novel. How do each benefit from the knowledge the other is willing to teach? Whose knowledge is more specific to certain circumstance? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the slave girl had an impact on Little Peggy. What did the slave girl bring to light in little Peggy, and how did this impact Peggy's life in a positive manner? What might have occurred had the slave girl never appeared?

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