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At the end of the first chapter, why does
Aurelia dismount among the crowd? Why is the decision risky? What does
her decision tell you about Aurelia’s priorities?
How does Robert feel about Aurelia’s decision to dismount? What does his reaction tell you about his priorities?
What are Aurelia’s goals at the beginning of the
expedition? What goals does she avoid setting? What do you think
Robert’s goal(s) is/are for the expedition?
Both Aurelia and Robert are suffering from guilt. How does this guilt affect the way they act throughout the book?
Unveiling a surprise is a good way to create a
turning point in the action of a story. Identify at least three turning
points in the first half of Exile. What surprises are connected to those turning points? How do those surprises change the direction of the story?
What major obstacle do Aurelia and Robert face
as they cross the Gate? What does Aurelia learn about Robert during this
How do Robert’s parents react to Aurelia’s
arrival on the homestead? Why do they react this way? How do their
opinions change/stay the same during the course of her visit?
Who is behind the desert raids? How is this
connected to the fire at the beginning of the story? How does this
discovery affect Aurelia and the expedition?
Why is there a key on the cover of the book? What does it symbolize?
Aurelia learns a lot about Tyralt throughout her
expedition (in Sterling, the Asyan Forest, across the Gate, on the
frontier, and in the desert). Name something she learns in each
location. Then predict what will happen next in Aurelia’s life. How do
you think she will use what she has learned in the future?