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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Jefri's parents warn him to avoid?
2. Who races to rescue Jefri?
3. What does Pham learn that Jefri's parents have done?
4. What does Woodcarver's route do for the march?
5. What does Vendacious reveal to Johanna about Jefri?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Often 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 2In 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 3Discuss 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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