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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Pham tell Ravna is real?
2. Where does OOB decide to go?
3. What does Tyrathect contemplate?
4. Who moves in with Johanna?
5. What does Steel plan to do to the rescuers?
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
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?
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