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. Where are the archeologists from?

2. What does Woodcarver want to learn?

3. Why can Ja not reveal Scriber's murderer?

4. What does the crew get past Johanna?

5. With what does the narrator say the humans are playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pham stop the Blight and what happens to him?

2. What do Peregrine Wickwrackrum and Scriber Jaqueramaphan observe and how do they describe the Olsndot's ship?

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

4. How is Johanna faring in the Woodcarver's domain?

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

6. What do the two "sides" (the new Power and the humans) do to try to neutralize the other?

7. Who does Pham contact and what happens?

8. What the Arbitration Arts Corporation communicate in various posts about a new Power?

9. What causes a rift between Pham and Ravna?

10. What does Pham learn while the OOB is headed for repairs and how does Ravna react?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of A Fire upon the Deep, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement. Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements. Subplots may not contain every element of a major plot. Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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