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In what ways is Prior Philip like Waleran Bigod? Cite examples from the text.

What aspect of cathedral building did you find most interesting, and why?

Using examples from the story, indicate three things that Alfred and William Hamleigh have in common.

In what ways do Philip's views of women resemble William Hamleigh's? How do they differ?

To what extent do you think Tom Builder is to blame for his son's character flaws? Could they have been prevented, in your opinion?

Do you believe Philip's requirement that Jack and Aliena live apart while raising their children was just or unjust? In your opinion, what was his motivation for imposing this requirement?

What justification does Philip give for punishing Ellen for fornication while allowing Tom to go unpunished for the same deeds? Do you agree or disagree with Philip's reasoning, and why?

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