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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 melts the coldsleep boxes?
2. Who is badly wounded in the fighting?
3. What does Steel's best eightsome show?
4. Over what do three of Johanna's captors quarrel?
5. What does Johanna vow?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the curse of the Pharoah's tomb related to what the humans from the Straumli Realm are doing on Earth?
2. What does Steel plan to use the alien ship for and what does Tyrathect hope to do about this?
3. What are some of the arguments about the Blight on the net?
4. How do Peregrine and Scriber describe the humans?
5. Describe Scriber Jaqueramaphan.
6. Describe Arne and Sjane Olsndot and what happens to them.
7. About what is Tyrathect concerned and can she do anything about it?
8. Describe Lord Steel.
9. How are Peregrine and Scriber received in the Woodcarver's Domain and what happens to Johanna when she arrives with them?
10. What do Pham and Ravna think is behind the ambush by the Riders at Saint Rihndell's Repair Harbor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In order to understand the action in A Fire upon the Deep, it is helpful to understand the layout of the universe which exists five billion years hence. Discuss the following:
1. Describe the various layers of the universe and how each one functions. Which ones are welcoming to technology? In which ones can most technology not exist? Where does Earth fall in these layers?
2. In the Epilog, Peregrine says he believes they will one day travel in space, especially now with the "two-legs" technology and knowledge. Do you think space travel will be a good thing for this planet to aspire to? Why or why not? Given where this planet is positioned within the beyond, can they develop space travel? At what speed will they be able to travel?
3. Do you think it is possible that space will change as much as it has in A Fire upon the Deep given 5 billion years? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Steel admires the workmanship of the unburned coffins where the children are in suspended animation, but he recoils at the thought that the pups in suspended animation could mature and destroy his world--and that other ships might follow. Discuss the following:
1. Does Steel have legitimate concerns about the possible problems a ship from space could bring?
2. Is attacking the occupants of the ship the wisest course? What other actions might Steel have taken instead of attack? Would one of them have been more advisable?
3. How do you think Steel might have fared in the long run had he made friends with the Olnsdots rather than killing them?
4. Why does Steel leave Jefri alive? Is there any compassion at all to his decision?
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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