A Single Shard Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is Tree-ear assigned most recently?

2. How did Tree-ear sometimes manage to get winter garments for him and Crane-man?

3. Where does Min send Tree-ear the second day?

4. Where do the travelers take Tree-ear?

5. What happens when Tree-ear is told to leave Crane-man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tree-ear do to pay for the box and how is he disappointed?

2. Why does Tree-ear go to Min's house?

3. What does Min's wife give Tree-ear and what does Tree-ear do with the gift?

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

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

6. How does time pass for Tree-ear and his new job and what is the rotation of his jobs?

7. What kind of work is cutting clay and what does Tree-ear remember while he is cutting?

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

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

10. Why did Tree-ear stay with Crane-man?

Essay Topics

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

Tree-ear has discovered that Kang is using a pottery technique that if Min use it Min would be certain to win the royal commission. Unfortunately, Tree-ear's strong sense of morals prevents him from telling Min what he has seen. It is ironic that Tree-ear feels free to spy, but he does not feel free to share what he has learned.

1. What is irony? (This may need research). How is the situation with Tree-ear an example of irony?

2. Discuss one other example in this book that is ironic and tell why you believe the situation is ironic. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. Do you think it is wrong for Tree-ear to spy on Kang? Why or why not? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

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