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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. Tree-ear prepares the clay for __________.
2. What was the farmer carrying?
3. Why did Tree-ear think Kang might have something special for the kiln?
4. What is Min's response to Tree-ear's request?
5. Why did potters try to find gray-brown clay?
Short Essay Questions
1. What exciting news reaches the village in Chapter 6?
2. What does Tree-ear do about the problem with his food and what does he find to his surprise in his bowl?
3. What was Tree-ear doing when he saw a rice container had a leak?
4. How does Crane-man feel about Tree-ear's behavior?
5. What does the emissary do when he arrives at the village?
6. Why does Tree-ear feel guilty at home on his first night of work? What does he decide to do about his shame?
7. What does Crane-man do during the day and what does he make Tree-ear?
8. What does Tree-ear do to pay for the box and how is he disappointed?
9. How interesting is Tree-ear's third kind of job and why is it more difficult?
10. What does Tree-ear ask Min when his nine days are done and what is Min's response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Tree-ear admires Min, a potter whom he would like to learn from. Min is also an old man who is angry and rarely speaks more than he needs to. This promises to be a difficult relationship that could be deeply rewarding for both Tree-ear and Min.
1. Why do you think Min is angry all the time? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
2. How do you think a relationship between Min and Tree-ear could turn out to be rewarding for both of them? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
3. If you met someone who you admired but was always abrupt and rude to you and always seemed to be angry would you continue to try and get to know him or her? Why or why not? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think A Single Shard is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
While Tree-ear was on his first day at his job with Min Crane-man tried to catch a flounder but was unable to do so. In a fit of anger he hit a rock with his crutch and broke the crutch. Tree-ear felt guilty that he was not there to catch flounder and that he did not even think of Crane-man when he ate his midday meal.
1. What can be learned from Crane-man breaking his crutch in a fit of anger? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
2. Do you think Tree-ear should have felt guilty about not bringing Crane-man some of his midday food considering the amount of physical labor Tree-ear had to do? Why or why not? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
3. Although Crane-man did not get a flounder and he broke his crutch and Tree-ear felt ashamed about his selfishness, they ended the evening having fun with each other. Talk about the character traits this type of ending to a hard day indicates. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
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