1. What is the name of David’s community? Who built it? What position does his family hold because of this? The name of David’s community is Waknuk. It was built by Elias Strorm, David’s grandfather. Since David’s family made the community, they hold the highest position in making the rules and orders of the community.
2. What are the two books that are left to form the society? What kind of society have they created? The two books left to form the society are the Bible and Nicholson’s Repentances. These two books have determined and shaped almost every aspect of the community, making it a religiously strict area.
3. What kind of man is David’s father? In what ways is Joseph Strorm similar to and different form his father? David’s father, Joseph Strorm is a dangerous, self-righteous man. He is usually capable of operating outside the law in his fight to clear out deviations because of his high authority.
4. Describe the farm David lives on.
The farm David lives on is described as “constructed on a frame of solid, roughly-dressed timbers, but, since it was the oldest house there, most of the spaces in the outer walls had been filled in with bricks and stones from the ruins of some of the Old People’s buildings, and plastered wattle was used only for the internal walls.”
5. There are all kinds of religious slogans on the walls of the rooms in David’s house. What do they all deal with? Why is Joseph Strorm so preoccupied with Offences and Deviations? Why is he afraid of them? Why is he so angry when his neighbours are less strict? What do you think is the cause of all the Offences and Deviations? The slogans on the walls of the rooms in David’s house all relate to Offences and Blasphemies. Joseph Storm is so preoccupied with Deviations and Offences because his mission is to clear them all out since he believes they are not “in the True Image of God”. He becomes angry when his neighbours are less strict because he is so close...