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. After Tree-ear fell on the path going down from the Rock, what thought gave him hope?

2. What did Tree-ear need to worry about as he fought with the bandit?

3. When was Min's pieces ready for Tree-ear to take?

4. How did Min tell Tree-ear he wanted the red and white pottery drained for the inlays?

5. What did Tree-ear think about doing for a moment as he stood up after the bandits left?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 7, what does Tree-ear finally tell Min and what does Min have Tree-ear do? What does Tree-ear realize he has learned when he performs his task?

2. How does Tree-ear feel when he arrives back in Ch'ulp'o and where does Min's wife send him?

3. How does Tree-ear feel about what Min said to him?

4. 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?

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

6. What does Min say to Tree-ear's suggestion and what is Tree-ear's response to her?

7. What kindness did the emissary show Min?

8. What happens when the emissary returns to the village?

9. How does Tree-ear feel when he arrives in Songdo and what happens at first about his request to the guards?

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

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of A Single Shard and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why A Single Shard is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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