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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. What news does OOB learn?

2. What does one Post on the net dub the Helper?

3. Where are Blueshell and Greenstalk sent?

4. What do the wolf-like figures do?

5. What does Joanna do to Peregrine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steel do in the dungeons?

2. About what does Twirlip of the Mists wonder and what is the Alliance for the Defense's response?

3. Why is Scriber depressed?

4. In what condition is the ship in which the Olsndot family escapes Earth by the time it reaches an unnamed and habitable world?

5. About what is Tyrathect concerned and can she do anything about it?

6. How do Peregrine and Scriber describe the humans?

7. Why must OOB make a stop and where do they go?

8. Describe Johanna.

9. Describe Pham.

10. Describe Lord Steel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 15, Steel tours his dungeons, where the "raw material" is driven crazy to serve as the basis "blank packs." The dungeon is described in horrifying detail and contrasted with Woodcarver's processes aimed at the same goal, but bounded by "traditional ethics." Discuss the following:

1. Though Steel's methods are more horrific than Woodcarver's, their end goal is the same. Is this goal ethical? Why or why not?

2. Do you think what Steel and Woodcarver are attempting to do is moving the evolution of the Tines forward? Why or why not?

3. What do you think Steel and Woodcarver want in creating blank packs? Are there other ways of obtaining the same end without dubious means?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 12, One pack approaches submissively, gives its unintelligible name, asks hers, and invites her to play the naming game. Johanna's life is about to change as she accepts her fate. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Johanna accepting her fate is wise? Should she continue trying to get free? Why or why not?

2. How much impact do you think Johanna's change in behavior has on Queen Woodcarver's welcome of Ravna and the other awakened children? Do you think Woodcarver would have allowed Ravna and the other children freedom had Johanna continued her hostility?

3. Is it disloyal of Johanna to accept her fate and start bonding with the packs of Woodcarver's domain? Why or why not? What do you think her parents would have advised her to do?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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