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. What did the village potters begin to do at the kiln?

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

3. What did Min tell Tree-ear to do about setting up the planks for his display?

4. What did Crane-man try to do during the day when Tree-ear was working?

5. Where did the emissary and his entourage spend the night at Tree-ear's village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tree-ear do at Min's house?

2. What does Tree-ear ask Min when his nine days are done and what is Min's response?

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

4. What does the emissary do when he arrives at the village?

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

6. How does Tree-ear break one of Min's boxes?

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

8. How does Tree-ear finally find out what Kang is doing?

9. What does Crane-man do during the day and what does he make Tree-ear?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think A Single Shard is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you did not understand the relevance of the title? Did it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

A great deal of detail about making pottery is contained in A Single Shard. In the era in which Tree-ear lived pottery was used for hundreds of purposes. Any piece of pottery fired in the proper shape would be functional and yet potters spent many extra hours making pieces that were both functional and beautiful.

1. From the descriptions in the book about making pottery explain, in detail, with examples why a potter would be considered an artist.

2. Discuss the importance of beauty in functional pieces of pottery include a brief discussion of human emotional and physical response to beauty. This may require research. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Many of the uses pottery had in the twelfth century have been replaced by plastic in the present day. Discuss what affects you believe using plastic might have on human culture. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Tree-ear volunteers to take Min's pottery to Songdo for the emissary to see. It is a long and possibly dangerous journey.

1. Do you think children the same age as Tree-ear in the present day could have made the journey he did? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Explain how the journey and the events on the journey demonstrates Tree-ear's determination and courage. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think it was irresponsible of Min and Crane-man to send a young boy Tree-ear's age on such a journey? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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