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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. When the magistrate shouts in protest of what is happening, a solider hits him in the _______________.
(a) Leg.
(b) Arm.
(c) Chest.
(d) Cheek bone.

2. The magistrate decides it is best not to _______________ and to focus instead on what can be changed.
(a) Dwell on the past.
(b) Love anyone.
(c) Listen to the girl.
(d) Sleep with anyone.

3. The magistrate asks Mandel how he can __________ and get on with his life as the people are being tortured.
(a) Sleep.
(b) Smile.
(c) Eat.
(d) Command.

4. The magistrate has misgivings about the native girl regretting his failure to _______________.
(a) Be with her.
(b) Understand her.
(c) Marry her.
(d) Keep her in his home.

5. The magistrate lives from ___________________, getting supplies from friends and from women he used to know well.
(a) The trash.
(b) The church.
(c) Meal to meal.
(d) City to city.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the guards tighten the wires of the prisoners, they then force the prisoners to _____________ in the area where they are taken.

2. Mandel seems to be unaffected by the ____________ of other people, which puts the magistrate at odds with him.

3. During Mandel's speech, some of his men return with ___________, including hens and cocks which are placed into the oven.

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

5. What is NOT one of the things the magistrate feels the Empire is condoning as a part of this conflicted time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the magistrate meets up with the warrant officer from the Third Bureau?

2. What happens with the fire that is being set along the riverbanks?

3. What is the magistrate feeling regret about as he is settling into a new life of survival?

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

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

6. What does the magistrate learn when he finally gets through the gate in order to leave?

7. What happens to the magistrate as a result of not having any activities to do during his captivity?

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

9. How do the barbarians inspire fear which eventually turns into paranoia?

10. What does the magistrate begin to believe about the consistency of the law as seen in the cases he has previously conducted?

(see the answer keys)

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