Dragondrums Test | Mid-Book 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 feature does Nabol lack?

2. Who is the drum message at the beginning of Chapter 5 for?

3. Who sits across from Piemur during the dinner scene?

4. What is Menolly's greatest talent?

5. Who is the understudy for Piemur in the chorus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Piemur think of Menolly's voice when she sings in Chapter 4?

2. What is the proper way to ride a runner beast?

3. How does Rocky act when he finds Piemur at the beginning of Chapter 4?

4. Why does Master Robinton decide to send Piemur away at the end of Chapter 5?

5. How does Piemur manage to get bubbly pies from Silvina?

6. Who are the Oldtimers?

7. Describe what Master Olodkey looks like.

8. What is Master Robinton's opinion of Piemur when he returns from the minehold?

9. What is Piemur's reaction to losing his singing voice?

10. How does Piemur feel when he sees Menolly playing with her fire lizards in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The world of Pern is unique in its development and construction. Magical dragons, fire lizards, and other creatures fly the skies. Thread is always a constant threat. Write an essay that details some of the finer points of the world of Pern. Include information about the different Weyrs, halls, and mineholds on the planet. Why are these locations important, and what do they supply for the people and creatures that live on Pern? Use the novel to help support your opinions and ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Writing style is very important when it comes to fiction. Dragondrums is no exception. Write an essay that explores the writing style of Anne McCaffrey. Address various writing elements like perspective, sentence structure, diction, and grammar in your work. Explain how these things contribute to the flow of the narrative. Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 3

Piemur rarely seems interested in the opposite sex despite being a growing young man. When he comes across Sharra while on the Southern Continent, he is at first put off by her independent attitude. The two later become friends. Write an essay that explores Piemur's lack of desire for a significant other. Explain why Sharra represents a significant change in this aspect. Where does their relationship seem to be going by the end of the story? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the novel.

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