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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 Brother Luke say about Robin’s letter to his father in Section 3?
2. What is the wooden object Robin begins whittling at the opening of Section 4?
3. What spills all over Ellen in Section 1?
4. What does Robin join in as he listens to the monks in the corridor in Section 2?
5. What does Robin put on his creation in Section 4 to complete it?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the afternoon on the road in Section 5. Why does Robin develop the urge to walk, and what does the peasant tell them about hunting for wood?
2. Explain how Robin comes to whittle a boat and a cross.
3. Describe Brother Luke’s arrival in Section 1, and Robin’s reaction.
4. At the end of Section 1, Robin wonders what he has to be thankful for. What should he be thankful for, and what does this show about Robin at this point in the novel?
5. Describe Robin’s letter to his father in Section 3. What does it say, and what is the tone?
6. Describe the journey to St. Mark’s.
7. Describe the town as it is decorated for Midsummer Eve. What does Robin see?
8. Explain what happened to Robin that makes him require assistance.
9. Describe how Brother Matthew plans to securely attach the two parts to the cross.
10. Explain Robin’s secret in Section 4. What can he now do, and what does this show?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Food plays an important role in the novel. How does food force Robin into accepting Brother Luke in the beginning of the novel? How does Brother Luke entice Robin to eat as he is preoccupied with whittling? When Brother Luke, Robin, and John all stop to eat after traveling all day, Robin mentions “hunger sauced it better than the finest cook could have done” (pg. 52). What does this mean? What does hunger teach Robin? How is food used to gain Robin a friend in D’Ath? How is food used by John’s mother in the novel? How is it used to celebrate at the end of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Brother Luke not only helps Robin strength his body, but also his mind and his spirit. How does Brother Luke help Robin strengthen his body? How about his mind? And his spirit? How do the other monks help these processes? What is the outcome for Robin? Why does Brother Luke place such emphasis on all three areas of Robin’s life?
Essay Topic 3
When Robin accidentally slips using the chisel, and breaks his cross, what is his reaction? What does this show, in terms of his character? What is Brother Matthew’s response? What does he mean when he notes that a bad temper is not the best teacher? What does this lesson teach Robin?
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