A Single Shard Test | Final 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. How were the openings in the kiln sealed?

2. What was the name of the river Tree-ear could see from the Rock of Falling Flowers?

3. Why won't Min teach Tree-ear how to use the wheel?

4. What did Min give Tree-ear for the journey?

5. What worried Tree-ear about leaving Crane-man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens on the sixth day of Tree-ear's journey and how does he feel about it?

2. What does Tree-ear give Crane-man before he leaves on his journey?

3. What does Tree-ear do when he finally is able to see the emissary?

4. What does the man first do to Tree-ear and how does Tree-ear respond?

5. Who joins Tree-ear at the rock and what does Tree-ear realize?

6. When is Min done with his vases and how is Crane-man involved?

7. How does Crane-man feel when Tree-ear tells him of his proposal? What does Crane-man do for the trip? How does Min upset Tree-ear?

8. What does Min tell Tree-ear when he finds him upon returning home?

9. What does Min's wife request of Crane-man? What is his response? What is Tree-ear's response?

10. What does Min do over the next few months?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Tree-ear begins to bring half of his mid-day lunch home to Crane-man and eventually a whole bowl as Min's wife begins to fill the bowl after the midday. Crane-man is always excited and grateful for the food.

1. Do you think it would be difficult to be grateful in Crane-man's shoes since he is homeless, crippled, and often has little to eat? Why or why not? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. What are some of the ways in which Crane-man manages to have a good outlook on life in spite of his hardships? 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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