A Fire upon the Deep Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Tyrathect feel when using the new radio outfit?

2. How does Steel view Amdijefri?

3. What worries Ravna about Greenstalk and Blueshell?

4. How far off is Pham from target?

5. What could take 120 days?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Johanna has been quite hostile at the beginning of her captivity, so the Queen orders her lodged next to her, where she can treat her wound and befriend her as a first step to studying her. Discuss the following:

1. How is the above situation with what the Queen does similar to the saying, "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

2. Do you think the Queen's friendship and kindnesses produce positive results with Johanna? Why or why not?

3. Do you think in the "real" world befriending prisoners of war would actually be more useful than treating them cruelly? Why or why not?

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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