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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. Who is Min?

2. What opens up when the winter storms stop?

3. What does Tree-ear tell the farmer?

4. What does Tree-ear do about the bowl?

5. What does Tree-ear do when he does not find Min?

Short Essay Questions

1. What will Tree-ear and Crane-man have to do for the winter?

2. What work of Min's does Tree-ear see the first time he goes to Min's house?

3. What does Tree-ear do the day before the big event and what does Min order him to do?

4. What was Tree-ear doing when he saw a rice container had a leak?

5. How does Crane-man feel about Tree-ear's behavior?

6. What does Tree-ear do about the problem with his food and what does he find to his surprise in his bowl?

7. What exciting news reaches the village in Chapter 6?

8. What do the potters in town do about the news?

9. What did Tree-ear do about the rice container? What was the farmer's response?

10. Why does Tree-ear feel guilty at home on his first night of work? What does he decide to do about his shame?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 Single Shard, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (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 in A Single Shard. (The 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.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes A Single Shard interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Tree-ear. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Crane-man. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Min. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

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

2. Analyze and discuss A Single Shard based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if A Single Shard is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider A Single Shard a successful novel? What about young teens?

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