On Fortune's Wheel Topics for Discussion

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1. When the story begins, Birle is a rebellious teen-ager. Do you find more similarities or differences between Birle and contemporary teen-agers? Explain.

2. Why does Orien allow Birle to continue traveling down the river with him? Are his reasons plausible? What underlying reasons would you suggest?

3. Why does Orien run away from his responsibilities as the future Earl?

Does this decision indicate a strength or a weakness in his character?

4. Birle has problems with her stepmother, Nan. How and why do Birle's feelings toward Nan change even before she returns to her home and they are reunited?

5. Why does Birle leave the castle where she could reign as the Earl's Lady? Is her decision believable? Explain.

6. How is life in Corbel's City different from life in the Kingdom? Consider homes, occupations, businesses, and government.

7. Does Voigt emphasize too heavily the suffering and violence of Birle's world? Cite examples...

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