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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 do two barbarian men bring into the settlement on a horse in order to inspire fear in the people?
(a) Food.
(b) A dead horse.
(c) Dead man.
(d) Severed limbs.

2. What do people throw at Colonel Joll's carriage when he and his men decide to leave?
(a) Stones.
(b) Potatoes.
(c) Fish.
(d) Tomatoes.

3. The magistrate decides all he can do is to go on living even though his journey may be ________________.
(a) Pointless.
(b) Ending soon.
(c) Long.
(d) Enjoyable.

4. The girl expresses concern about living in ___________________ for her and for her child's life.
(a) Joy.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Fear.
(d) Anxiety.

5. The girl that the magistrate loved became less and less of a ___________ when she was being tortured by the army.
(a) Human.
(b) Concept.
(c) Lover.
(d) Object.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the magistrate return to the crowd with after he can't stand to see the sight of the natives at first?

2. Where does the magistrate first go when he decides that he wants to leave the settlement?

3. The magistrate has misgivings about the native girl regretting his failure to _______________.

4. The magistrate wanted to point out that it was worse to damage one's _____________ than to go ahead and to kill them.

5. When the magistrate returns to his cell, the guard warns him that he should remain silent about his ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the men who are digging the wells find when they are beginning the process of constructing new wells?

2. When does the magistrate believe the barbarians might be able to be defeated?

3. Why does Colonel Joll come to the town where the magistrate is now in control?

4. What begins to spread among the soldiers as the rumors of the barbarians begin to spread more rapidly?

5. What does the Colonel do to the natives who have their cheeks wired and their wrists wired?

6. What does the magistrate think he might write down if he were to write a record of the imperial post?

7. What happens to the barbarians when they are locked up in their cells, according to the events the magistrate has witnessed?

8. What does the magistrate advise the people of the town to do in order to make it through the winter?

9. How does the magistrate suffer when he is imprisoned during his time in his cell?

10. What is the sight that inspires fear and panic in the town as the magistrate describes in the story?

(see the answer keys)

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