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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 did the man grab from Tree-ear?
3. What was the emissary doing when Tree-ear was brought before him?
4. Why did Tree-ear's attitude toward work change?
5. How did Tree-ear carry the vases?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tree-ear give Crane-man before he leaves on his journey?
2. What does Min's wife request of Crane-man? What is his response? What is Tree-ear's response?
3. What happens on the sixth day of Tree-ear's journey and how does he feel about it?
4. What does Tree-ear do when he finally is able to see the emissary?
5. What does Min's wife tell Tree-ear about a possible living arrangement? What does Min tell Tree-ear to do at the end of the book?
6. What kindness did the emissary show Min?
7. What does Tree-ear first do at the Rock of Falling Flowers?
8. How does Tree-ear feel about what Min said to him?
9. What does Crane-man finally end up doing about Min's wife's request?
10. How does Tree-ear feel when he arrives in Songdo and what happens at first about his request to the guards?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
To win a commission from the royal palace is something all potters want and something Min needs in order to allow him to survive working at the slow pace in which he works. However, Kang threatens this for Min, leaving Tree-ear uncertain for both their futures. This foreshadows a moment when Tree-ear will tell Min of this work.
1. What is foreshadowing? Would you consider the example in the above paragraph as foreshadowing? Why or why not? Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
2. Discuss another example of foreshadowing in A Single Shard including why you believe it is such. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from A Single Shard and your own life to support your opinion.
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
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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