A Fire upon the Deep Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Arne Olsndot?

2. What does automation say it should not be doing?

3. When does the OOB slow?

4. Why can Ja not reveal Scriber's murderer?

5. What should automation not need?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pham distrust Steel?

2. What is happening on the OOB as it enters the Middle of the Beyond?

3. What does Zonograph Eidolon post on the net about the Zone surge?

4. Describe Arne and Sjane Olsndot and what happens to them.

5. What are the thoughts of the Power after it is left alone on Earth?

6. How do packs communicate and how is this related to the fact they believe Johanna is dead when she faints?

7. Describe Peregrine Wickwrackrum / Wickwrackscar.

8. Describe Ravna Bergsndot.

9. What does Steel plan to use the alien ship for and what does Tyrathect hope to do about this?

10. Describe Johanna.

Essay Topics

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 the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of A Fire upon the Deep, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement. Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements. Subplots may not contain every element of a major plot. Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action-driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think A Fire Upon the Deep is? Explain your response.

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