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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 Einar NOT list among the actions his father had never taken in his raising of Einar?

2. When Bryn gives birth to a healthy baby girl, what does Claire shout at Alys?

3. What type of bird attacks Claire during her assent up the cliff?

4. What reason does Einar give Claire for why she must start her climb in the nighttime?

5. What color does Claire love for its playfulness?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what purpose does Claire venture out of her house on a winter day to seek out Einar?

2. For what element does Trademaster agree to trade Claire's son and what is the immediate result of the trade?

3. Why do Bethan, Delwyth, and Eira stop playing a pretend game involving babies and instead switch to playing tea party?

4. How is Trademaster's appearance described in the narrative?

5. What is the only thing Claire remembers from her past once she arrives in the village after fleeing the community by boat?

6. What does Einar say about Claire's stated motivation for climbing out?

7. What is revealed about the relationship of Old Benedikt and Alys?

8. What is the reason for Bryn's falling into despair and how does Alys try to help?

9. What is Trademaster's attitude toward Claire's longing for her son?

10. What is Alys's reaction to the news that Claire is training to climb out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trace the characterization arc of Claire's character throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Claire's decision to allow Einar to train her for her climb up the rock face and for her coming encounter with Trademaster. Assess the effectiveness of his training and the effectiveness of her application of that training in the fulfillment of her goals.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the novel's characters undergo experiences that radically transform their lives, taking them far away from the expectations they have previously held. Analyze at least three characters' transformative experiences, the effects these events have on their lives, their methods for dealing with these changes, and ultimately, the author's purpose for including these types of disparities between expectation and reality.

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