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. What does Joanna do to Peregrine?

2. With whom do Peregrin and Scriber receive an audience?

3. Who is badly wounded in the fighting?

4. From whose perspective is chapter 4 narrated?

5. What do the wolf-like figures do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Johanna.

2. Describe Scriber Jaqueramaphan.

3. Describe Ravna Bergsndot.

4. Explain what the material in OOB's library says about the origins of Riders.

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

6. Who does Pham contact and what happens?

7. What is Lord Steel dealing with as Woodcarver's forces advance?

8. Describe Pham.

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

10. How does narration describe Earth and its surroundings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In A Fire upon the Deep, it is hard to know who is the "good" guy versus the "bad" guy. Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups, factions, or individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout A Fire Upon the Deep. How far into the book does it take to separate the untrustworthy from those who can be trusted?

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout A Fire Upon the Deep.

3. Are there some characters who can be trustworthy at times and not trustworthy at other times? Who? Why do they vacillate?

4. Ravna seems to be much more trusting than Pham. Do you think Ravna is too trusting? Is Pham too suspicious? Who does Pham mistrust and why? Give specific examples.

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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