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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where are Blueshell and Greenstalk sent?
2. What masks the alien ship?
3. What seems to be knocking out isolated civilizations in the High Beyond?
4. What does Johanna notice about her captors?
5. What news does OOB learn?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Lord Steel.
2. Why is Scriber depressed?
3. Describe Ravna Bergsndot.
4. Why must OOB make a stop and where do they go?
5. What does Steel do in the dungeons?
6. What happens that makes Ravna worry that Pham is a construct of the Powers?
7. About what does Twirlip of the Mists wonder and what is the Alliance for the Defense's response?
8. Explain what the material in OOB's library says about the origins of Riders.
9. What are the Olsndots' priorities after landing?
10. What does Scarbutt offer Johanna and what is her response? What does she learn from this experience?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Vinge wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Vinge's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in A Fire Upon the Deep. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of genocide in A Fire Upon the Deep. Which characters seem to accept that genocide is sometimes necessary? Why? Which characters seem opposed to genocide no matter what? Why? Which ones seem not to care one way or the other?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Death happens on a scale that is almost incomprehensible with billions of sentient beings being wiped out of existence. Does this inure a reader to the impact of death? When death is brought to a more individual level, such as in the world where the Olnsdots land, does it have a greater impact? How do the Tines' civilization seem to view death? What is different about the death of some of the Tine's packs? Do you think the way the Tines live in packs makes death easier or more difficult to bear?
Essay Topic 3
Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?
2. How is the phrase "A Fire upon the Deep" relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional and psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Vinge chose this title? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?
3. If you were the writer of A Fire upon the Deep and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?
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