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. With what do the humans make off?

2. What are failing?

3. Who particularly wants to be friends with Johanna?

4. What jumps successfully?

5. What is Steel's greatest success?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly what what narration says about the organization of Tines.

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

3. What causes a rift between Pham and Ravna?

4. Describe Lord Steel.

5. Describe Pham and Bluestalk's descent to the planet surface and their attack and why they suddenly stop attacking with their beam?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Scriber describes the Olnsdot's cargo ship as a "flying house." Humans tend to learn about or relate to new things through an association with something they already know. Discuss the following:

1. Describe and analyze some of the descriptions the pack gives the new things and people, Jefri and Johanna, and show how their descriptions are related to what they already know.

2. While reading A Fire under the Deep, it is likely that you also relate new concepts and objects to what is already familiar to you. Choose 5 new objects or concepts and write about how they are similar to something already in your experience. Does this help or hinder your understanding of the new concept or object?

3. What do you think might be the pitfalls of relating new experiences in terms of previous experiences?

Essay Topic 2

In A Fire upon the Deep, it is hard to know who is the "good" guy versus the "bad" guy. Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups, factions, or individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout A Fire Upon the Deep. How far into the book does it take to separate the untrustworthy from those who can be trusted?

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout A Fire Upon the Deep.

3. Are there some characters who can be trustworthy at times and not trustworthy at other times? Who? Why do they vacillate?

4. Ravna seems to be much more trusting than Pham. Do you think Ravna is too trusting? Is Pham too suspicious? Who does Pham mistrust and why? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 10, when "Scarbutt," the individual that killed Dad, offers water, Johanna without planning attacks, slamming his head against the hull. She realizes that hurting one, she has hurt them all. Discuss the following:

1. Create an analysis of exactly how a pack is organized and functions.

2. Where do the inhabitants of the Tine's world originally come from and what were they in their native world? Is it likely they could have evolved to the point where they are in A Fire under the Deep? Why or why not. Remember to consider how long they have been on this world. This could be perhaps as long as 5 billion years. Do you think they could have evolved even further along than where they are evolutionally?

3. Give a description of how you think humans might have evolved in 5 billion years. Explain your description and why you come up with it.

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