Silence Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Ferreria say happens to seven Christians in Japan?

Seven people, including five priests, a woman, and a young girl, are taken to the boiling waters near Unzen. There they are tied to stakes while hot water is ladled over them. Unable to force the Christians to apostatize, the torturers remove them from the stakes and confine the women to houses of ill repute and imprison the priests in a local prison.

2. What does the reader learn in the prologue?

The reader learns that there is a religious persecution in Japan, and the situation has become so intense that all relations with Portugal have been terminated.

3. What information does Valignano have about Ferreira?

Valignano has further information about Ferreira. In 1633 all news from priests living in the underground abruptly ceased. Merchant ships report that Ferreira was indeed taken and tortured in Nagasaki, but the sailors are unable to describe the priest's final fate.

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