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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. The magistrate thinks the barbarians became corrupted because they lost their _________ somewhere along the way.
(a) Values.
(b) Conscience.
(c) Religion.
(d) Families.

2. With the alleged barbarian uprising, the magistrate is unable to remain _______________ in the issues which take place.
(a) Uninvolved.
(b) Active.
(c) Uncaring.
(d) Useful.

3. The barbarians stay away from the town during the winter months, dealing with the _____________.
(a) Lack of sun.
(b) Lack of supplies.
(c) Warmth.
(d) Cold.

4. The magistrate wants __________ to make up their mind about whether they want to stay with the group or head back to the settlement.
(a) The girl
(b) A wise man.
(c) The soldier.
(d) His horse.

5. What does the girl get that she is unable to hide from the others, leading to a series of events?
(a) A sunburn.
(b) Period.
(c) A knife.
(d) A sprained ankle.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Colonel uses the _____________ to organize a raid on the barbarians and to begin fighting back in the uprising.

2. The magistrate believes that his trip could be seen as a way to restore good relationships with the ______________.

3. The magistrate separates their _____________ and begins to resume his normal social life.

4. What was the actual destination of the prisoner(s) that was passing when this person or persons were picked up for interrogation?

5. The girl says that she doesn't like _____________ and wants to stay with her own people.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens with the girl as they continue on their trip together through the mountains?

3. What does the magistrate find about the girl when they are performing the bathing ritual together day after day?

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

5. What happens to the family that the Colonel wants to interrogate when they come into town?

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

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

8. Why was Colonel Joll send to the area where the Magistrate is in charge at the start of the story?

9. Why is the magistrate unable to remain uninvolved during the alleged barbarian uprising?

10. What does the magistrate find when he goes to visit the family who has been tortured by the Colonel?

(see the answer keys)

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