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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 does the group end up losing in the winds of a fierce storm, never to recover it again?
(a) A bag of food.
(b) A horse.
(c) A tent.
(d) A goat.

2. The Colonel likes to use various stages of torture when he interrogates people, increasing the _________ at each stage.
(a) Pain.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Humilation.
(d) Lies.

3. The magistrate believes that the barbarians only different in their tolerance for ___________ and slovenliness, and the magistrate admires them.
(a) War.
(b) Death.
(c) Peace.
(d) Torture.

4. Due to her injured ____________, the girl needs to use sticks in order to get around from place to place.
(a) Thighs.
(b) Hands.
(c) Ankles.
(d) Knees.

5. The blind girl admits that she stays with the magistrate because she has no ______________________.
(a) Family.
(b) Money to spend on the streets.
(c) Sight.
(d) Place else to go.

Short Answer Questions

1. The relationship the magistrate has with the __________ remains the same - distant and indifferent.

2. The boy admits to theft of __________ and arming by his clan during the torture by the Colonel.

3. What is the magistrate reaching, which makes the reader think that he might be older than others in the book?

4. What does the blind girl seem to agree to do on a daily basis, though there has been no conversation?

5. What is NOT one of the hobbies that the magistrate returns to once the weather begins to turn cooler?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the magistrate ask about the injuries the girl has suffered once she is back in his home?

2. Why does the magistrate think that barbarians are always causing trouble, though they avoid fighting in the winter months?

3. What happens when the group encounters some indigenous people as they are traveling on the tenth day?

4. What happens to the feelings the magistrate has about the girl as their journey continues on?

5. What is the difference between the communication style of the magistrate and the blind girl in his home?

6. What does the boy admit to when he is being interrogated by the Colonel during the beginning of the book?

7. What does the magistrate want the girl to make her own decision about when it comes to the end of the journey?

8. What does the magistrate doubt about the Empire, as he thinks about the way they are handling the barbarians?

9. What does the Colonel interrogate the fishermen about when he brings them in for questioning after their capture?

10. What makes the blind girl on the street even more pitiful to the magistrate when he sees her for the first time?

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