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. What did Tree-ear do on the rock after the bandits left?

2. Why did Min smash all the vases that had inlays?

3. What did Tree-ear and Crane-man do at dusk the night before Tree-ear was leaving?

4. What did Tree-ear give Crane-man before he went on his journey?

5. What did the man grab from Tree-ear?

Short Essay Questions

1. What concerns Min about the emissary's kindness and what does Tree-ear tell Min's wife?

2. What does Min do about the problem with the pots?

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

4. What does Crane-man finally end up doing about Min's wife's request?

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

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

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

8. What happens with Tree-ear and the fox?

9. Why does Min make multiple versions of the same pot?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of A Single Shard, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in A Single Shard. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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

Crane-man and Tree-ear are very poor and homeless.

1. Crane-man is reluctant to take help from Min's wife even though he's hungry. Discuss what might be meant by the cliche "false pride" in this situation.

2. Discuss whether you think every human being has the right to food, clothing and shelter whether they can pay for those or not. Include examples from A Single Shard and your own life to support your discussion.

3. Discuss what you think would happen to Crane-man and Tree-ear if they lived in the United States in the present day. Include in your discussion how you think their problems could be solved.

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