Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
In the Prologue, narration writes that the scientists know some intelligence is watching their work and waiting to pounce. They know that, like earlier humans, they are playing with fire, but the potential reward is tremendous. Discuss the following:
1. Considering the billions of sentient creatures that are wiped out of existence by this intelligence, could any potential reward be worth the possibility of unleashing an evil intelligence?
2. In the early part of the 21st century, Artificial Intelligence is just now being looked at as something that is possible, though many have fantasized about the idea for decades. Do you think the rewards of developing a machine with artificial intelligence is worth the risks? Or are there risks? Compare/contrast the possible rewards with the possible risks of developing artificial intelligence.
3. Do you think artificial intelligence could actually develop into an evil egomaniac? What is the artificial intelligence's main concern when the humans are working with it in the prologue?
4. Much of what is developed in labs in the "real" world has both a positive side and negative side. Consider the side effects of some medicines that can alleviate or cure disease. How does one determine when the balance of good swings too far towards the negative aspects?
Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare/contrast Johanna Olnsdot to her brother, Jefri. How are they alike? How are they different? Do you think their differences are mainly due to their age differences? Compare how each initially react to the sentient beings of the planet where they land.
2. Compare/contrast Queen Woodcarver to Lord Steel. How are they alike? How are they different? How do their "world views" differ? Who is the better leader/ruler? Under which one would you rather live?
3. Compare/contrast Ravna to Pham. How are they alike? How are they different? Who is more likeable? Approachable? Compassionate? Intellectual?
4. Compare/contrast Greenstalk to Blueshell. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they more alike than they are different? Why or why not? Are either or both trustworthy? Are they likeable? How do they differ from other sentient beings introduced in the novel?
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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