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 message does Jefri sent out?

2. What must Scriber and his cohorts do by Winter?

3. How is Crupilo injured?

4. What do the Straumli archeologists call their settlement?

5. What masks the alien ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens that makes Ravna worry that Pham is a construct of the Powers?

2. How does Pham occupy his time while the OOB draws closer to the planet where Jefri awaits?

3. What lessens the size of Woodcarver's army even before any confrontation with Lord Steel's forces.

4. What are the Olsndots' priorities after landing?

5. What are Blueshell and Greenstalk ordered to do and what do they fear?

6. Describe Blueshell and Greenstalk.

7. How does Greenstalk create havoc with Pham's trust of the two Riders?

8. What causes a rift between Pham and Ravna?

9. What does Scarbutt offer Johanna and what is her response? What does she learn from this experience?

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

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 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 3

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?

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