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. About what is Jakkin teased?

2. To what is the desolate, ex-prison planet discussed in the Introduction most conducive?

3. From where does Jakkin's rescuer say Jakkin was coming?

4. What happens when Jakkin is running back to his quarters?

5. Why is Jakkin anxious to be in the place where he wakes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jakkin get up from his hospital bed and what happens when he does so?

3. What does Likkarn say to Blood Brother after Likkarn shoots the animal?

4. Why does Jakkin return to the breakfast room?

5. How does Akki save Jakkin from freezing to death and what story does she give the other bondmen?

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

7. Who catches Slakk and why does Slakk betray Jakkin?

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

9. What does Likkarn do and where does Jakkin go with Balakk?

10. Where does Jakkin go after leaving the bondhouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Dragon's Blood based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Dragon's Blood is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Dragon's Blood as a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Dragon's Blood, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Dragon's Blood. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Many writers and critics say there are only a few plots in the world of fiction; it's what an author does with a plot that distinguishes a mediocre book from an outstanding book. Respond to this idea, using examples from Dragon's Bloodand other books you have read.

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