Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One 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 does Jakkin eat after getting out of the hospital?

2. What words do good trainers use when addressing dragons?

3. How does Likkarn control his young charges?

4. Who is Jakkin?

5. Where does Likkarn order Blood Brother to be taken?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the duties of the bond boys who care for the dragons?

2. After Jakkin awakes again, why does Jakkin break down and sob and what does Akki do?

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

4. What has Jakkin done to prepare for stealing a dragon?

5. Why does Jakkin return to the breakfast room?

6. Where does Jakkin go after leaving the bondhouse?

7. What does Jakkin hear as the bonders come in from work?

8. Why does Jakkin go see Kkarina and what does she give him?

9. What does Likkarn do to provoke a drakk to attack Jakkin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Compare/contrast Jakkin to Errikkson. Who seems more powerful? What are the goals of each? Are both either all good or all evil? Who is more likable? How does each use his personal strengths? How do each of their weaknesses thwart them in their goals?

2. Compare/contrast Sarkkhan to Likkarn. How are their goals similar and/or different? What is the difference in the way they interact with people? Who is more idealistic?harsh?powerful? How do their dragon training talents compare?

3. Compare/contrast Akki to Kkarina. How do they approach the fact of being bondwomen in different ways? Who is more likable? Who is the more sympathetic character? Or are either? Are they both good? Do they have any fatal flaws or weaknesses? Who seems more comfortable in her own "skin"?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout Dragon's Blood. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with power? Why? What are some symbols of power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless? Will power always be unbalanced in a society such as that on Austar IV?

Trace and analyze the theme of hope throughout Dragon's Blood. What characters are most concerned with hope? Why? What are some symbols of hope? How does the ability to communicate with a dragon give an automatic advantage to someone over another who cannot? Is there abuse of this ability?

Trace and analyze the theme of ambition throughout Dragon's Blood. What characters are ambitious? Why? What are some symbols of ambition? Symbols of apathy? Are more characters ambitious or apathetic? Why do you think some characters seem ambitious and others do not? What personality traits seem common to those who are ambitious? What about those who are content to stay in their station?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that Jakkin thinks he is stealing a dragon when Sarkkhan actually made it possible for him to do so. What other irony can you find in Dragon's Blood? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Dragon's Blood. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Dragon's Blood and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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