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 does the ghost say conspires?

2. What would render the ghosts' plan worthless?

3. What does Joanna do to Peregrine?

4. From whose perspective is chapter 4 narrated?

5. Who hopes to prevent the plans for the alien ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Peregrine and Scriber describe the humans?

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

3. How does Bluestalk demonstrate that he is not in thrall to the Blight?

4. What are some of the arguments about the Blight on the net?

5. Describe Pham.

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

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

8. How are Peregrine and Scriber received in the Woodcarver's Domain and what happens to Johanna when she arrives with them?

9. What is the technology like that the humans in the lab are developing and what happens?

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of A Fire upon the Deep, there is a great deal of new terminology and familiar words with new meanings. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of A Fire upon the Deep that are a part of the language of 2010 but mean something different. Define the words as used in A Fire upon the Deep and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. How does the language of A Fire upon the Deep from that of 2010? Are there words you did not know from that time? What? How do you learn their meanings? What does it mean to grasp a the meaning of a word through its context? Can you do that in A Fire upon the Deep? Give an example of several words whose definition are made clear through the context of how the word is used.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of A Fire upon the Deep through its vocabulary. Did you have to look up any words?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from A Fire upon the Deep? Which ones?

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