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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 does Jakkin plant?

2. What do dragons do when they sense a human's strong anger?

3. Who kills Blood Brother?

4. Who catches Slakk?

5. What is sitting on Heat O' Mine's head?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Jakkin go after leaving the bondhouse?

2. What does Likkarn do to Blood Brother that is against procedures?

3. How does Jakkin demonstrate his knowledge of dragon training?

4. Describe Jakkin's procedure in caring for Blood Brother.

5. Where does Jakkin awake from being unconscious and who is with him?

6. What is Jakkin doing at the opening of Chapter One and for what does he long?

7. Who is Akkhina and what is Jakkin's connection to her?

8. How does Jakkin become unconscious and what is the consequence of that?

9. What does Jakkin see as he leaves the bondhouse and what does he have to do about it?

10. How does Jakkin think he can escape being a bond man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dragon's Blood could be considered a Bildungsroman or "Coming of Age" story of Jakkin. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Jakkin as he changes from a rather naive boy to a wiser, more world-wise young man. What are the significant events that change Jakkin?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Jakkin's growth, do you think Dragon's Blood could be considered Jakkin's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Dragon's Blood who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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 Dragon's Blood is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Dragon's Blood. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters most need to grow as human beings? Why? Give examples. What characters seem to have reached close to their full emotional/mental growth? Why? Give examples. What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of slavery/bonders. Which characters have trouble accepting the social system that exists on Austar IV? Why? Which characters seem to feel okay about being bonders? Why? Do you think the bonder system on Austar IV as portrayed in Dragon's Blood is as harsh as a system of slavery such as the one that existed in the United States several hundred years ago? Does the fact that the bonders can buy their way to freedom make it more acceptable? Why or why not.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of violence in Dragon's Blood. Do you think a whole society devoted to raising dragons to fight is a healthy society? Why or why not? Do you think the people are less violent towards their own kind when they can channel their aggression into fighting dragons against each other? Do you think it is moral to raise a less sentient creature to fight? What about non-sentient creatures?

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