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 is the wood laid in the kiln?

2. What did Crane-man tell Tree-ear would be the greatest danger on his trip?

3. What animal did Tree-ear see on his first night of sleeping alone in the woods?

4. How many replicates and how many firing batches did Min do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What kindness did the emissary show Min?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does Tree-ear realize he can do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A Single Shard takes place in the twelfth century in Korea.

1. Discuss the differences you see in the technological level between Tree-ear's time. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

2. Discuss the differences and similarities you see between family and social life in Tree-ear's era and your own. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. Discuss why you would like to live in Tree-ear's time and why you would not like to live then. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Tree-ear sees rice falling from a farmer's pack and he debates telling the man or just waiting until the farmer is gone and picking up the rice. His honesty won't let him steal. He catches up to the farmer who repairs his pack. The farmer tells Tree-ear he can have all the rice that has fallen to the ground.Tree-ear is ecstatic for this means he and Crane-man will eat well for several days.

1. How does the cliche, "Honesty is the best policy" relate to the above? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. If Tree-ear had not told the farmer he and Crane-man could have eaten for more than several days. Even so, do you think Tree-ear was correct in doing what he did? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Crane-man is proud that Tree-ear chose to be honest. Explain why you think Crane-man felt this way. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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