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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Philip granted when he asks for a market license?
(a) He is granted the license if he pays 100 pounds.
(b) He is granted the use of the quarry but no license.
(c) He is granted the forestland but no license.
(d) He is granted only a partial license.

2. Why are the peasants afraid to go to the Kingsbridge market?
(a) They are afraid of Prior Philip's temper.
(b) They are terrorized by William.
(c) They are afraid of the plague.
(d) They are afraid of Waleran.

3. What visions are tormenting William when he stops building the church in Shiring?
(a) His begging in the streets
(b) Being spat upon by peasants
(c) His mother burning in hell
(d) Aliena laughing at him

4. Why is William so upset that Waleran will not give him absolution for his sins?
(a) He won't be allowed in the church.
(b) He fears his mother's religious wrath.
(c) He won't be allowed the earldom.
(d) He fears the fires of hell.

5. Who convinces Waleran to block Aliena's annulment from Alfred?
(a) Alfred
(b) William
(c) Philip
(d) Francis

Short Answer Questions

1. How does William's new wife, Elizabeth, feel about him?

2. Why does Alfred come to see Jack after 10 years of absence?

3. What does Richard do when he finds Alfred trying to rape Aliena?

4. What does Philip model the plans for a new town after?

5. Who wins the battle when King Stephen's castle is attacked?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the young wife of William Hamleigh.

2. How is William's mismanagement of Shiring evident throughout the countryside?

3. Why does Alfred force Aliena to sleep on the floor at the foot of the bed?

4. What does Aliena decide to do after Alfred throws her out of the house?

5. Why does Richard decide to join the Christian crusades fighting in the Holy Land?

6. Summarize the first meeting between Jack and Aliena when Jack finds her reading in the woods.

7. What does Aliena teach Elizabeth when they meet each other when seeking shelter from a storm?

8. Describe Aliena's plan to get Shiring back for Richard.

9. What are the changes Alfred proposes for the cathedral when Philip names him as master builder?

10. Describe the scene between Jack and Alfred after Alfred tells Jack that his real father was hanged as a thief.

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