Blood Rites Test | Final Test - Hard

Jim Butcher
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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 Trixie feeling?

2. Where do Harry, Murphy and Ebenezar go?

3. What does Harry say Lara can do if anything goes wrong?

4. What does Harry realize about Kincaid?

5. Harry only has a limited amount of time______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Harry and Murphy figure out about the curse and Genosa?

2. What does Trixie do with the gun she is carrying?

3. What does Harry offer Raith and how does Raith counter?

4. Who shows up when Harry and Bob are talking and why?

5. Where are the children at the shelter, how are they being held and who can rescue them?

6. What does Bob tell Harry about the people in the shelter?

7. What does Harry see when he looks at Kincaid, what does he tell Murphy to reassure her and what do they hear from the dark?

8. What does Harry tell Ebenezar and Kincaid and what do they do after that?

9. What does Murphy say about Lara and what is Harry's response?

10. What did Harry's mother do to Raith and what is Raith's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ultimate success of a book hinges on many factors. A book such as Blood Rites is difficult to gauge its success because it is one in a series of books about Harry Dresden. Nonetheless, there are some aspects of any book that must be rendered well in order for it to be considered a successful work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What are some aspects of Blood Rites that contribute to it being a successful novel? Give examples.

2. What are some aspects of Blood Rites that should be changed to make it an even more successful novel? Give examples.

3. Discuss five aspects of any work of fiction that need to be present and done well to make it a successful novel.

Essay Topic 2

Death Masks is one book in a series of novels involving Harry Dresden. Discuss the following:

1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a stand alone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Blood Rites, there is a great deal of new magical terms and familiar words with new meanings. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of Blood Rites that are a part of the language but mean something different. Define the words as used in Blood Rites and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. How does the language of Blood Rites from that of real world Chicago? Are there words you did not know in Blood Rites? What? How do you learn their meanings? What does it mean to grasp a the meaning of a word through its context? Can you do that in Blood Rites? Give an example of several words whose definition are made clear through the context of how the word is used.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Blood Rites through its vocabulary. Did you have to look up any words?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from Blood Rites? Which ones? Why?

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