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 Jefri realize?

2. What report does the Arbitration Arts Corporation issue?

3. What does Steel want to use against the Woodcarvers?

4. What makes Woodcarver feel better than she has in years?

5. What does Johanna call her captives?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does narration describe Earth and its surroundings?

2. In what condition is the ship in which the Olsndot family escapes Earth by the time it reaches an unnamed and habitable world?

3. Describe the beings that attack the Olsndots.

4. How do packs communicate and how is this related to the fact they believe Johanna is dead when she faints?

5. What does Ravna learn when she visits Greenstalk and Blueshell in their quarters?

6. Describe Johanna.

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

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

9. Describe Scriber's assassination.

10. Where are the scientists from and what are they doing?

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

Steel admires the workmanship of the unburned coffins where the children are in suspended animation, but he recoils at the thought that the pups in suspended animation could mature and destroy his world--and that other ships might follow. Discuss the following:

1. Does Steel have legitimate concerns about the possible problems a ship from space could bring?

2. Is attacking the occupants of the ship the wisest course? What other actions might Steel have taken instead of attack? Would one of them have been more advisable?

3. How do you think Steel might have fared in the long run had he made friends with the Olnsdots rather than killing them?

4. Why does Steel leave Jefri alive? Is there any compassion at all to his decision?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss A Fire upon the Deep based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if A Fire upon the Deep is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that A Fire upon the Deep falls within the science fiction genre changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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