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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. What could steal the secrets the Straumli archeologists uncover?

2. Who does Steel enter the ship?

3. Who is badly wounded in the fighting?

4. What do the Olsndots set up?

5. What melts the coldsleep boxes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Pham and Ravna think is behind the ambush by the Riders at Saint Rihndell's Repair Harbor?

2. Where are the scientists from and what are they doing?

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

4. Describe Johanna's deepening connection to and understanding of the people in the Woodcarver domain.

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

6. Describe Lord Steel.

7. Why is the trip to rescue Jefri going to take longer and what does Ravna do to help Jefri because of the longer time?

8. How is the curse of the Pharoah's tomb related to what the humans from the Straumli Realm are doing on Earth?

9. What does Ravna do to keep Pham from slipping back into godshatter and what is Pham's response?

10. What is happening in the Hidden Island Kingdom as OOB is making its way to rescue Jefri? What does Pham suspect about the radio request from Jefri?

Essay 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

Johanna has been quite hostile at the beginning of her captivity, so the Queen orders her lodged next to her, where she can treat her wound and befriend her as a first step to studying her. Discuss the following:

1. How is the above situation with what the Queen does similar to the saying, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

2. Do you think the Queen's friendship and kindnesses produce positive results with Johanna? Why or why not?

3. Do you think in the "real" world befriending prisoners of war would actually be more useful than treating them cruelly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Vernor Vinge is a not only a novelist, but a professor of mathematics. The book A Fire upon the Deep won the Hugo award for Science Fiction. It is useful to know about him not just because he authored A Fire upon the Deep, but also because his ideas of the future might need to be considered.

1. Research Vinge and write a brief biography of him.

2. What do you find to be most impressive about the man?

3. What do you think is Vinge's greatest accomplishment?

4. Vinge writes and essay titled, "The Coming Technological Singularity." Much of those ideas can be found in A Fire upon the Deep. Research and relate his essay to his book.

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