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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 tell his dragon to do?
2. What is the source of a dragon's inner fire?
3. Who is kicking sand on the dead drakk?
4. From whom could Jakkin steal food for his dragon?
5. What does Errikkin ask of Jakkin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens as Jakkin approaches his oasis and why does he trip over his dragon?
2. What do Sarkkhan and Jakkin negotiate?
3. For what does Jakkin use his gold and why does he do so?
4. Describe the fight between Jakkin and the drakk.
5. Describe the scene where Sarkkhan gives Jakkin a reward and why Akki gets upset.
6. Why is Jakkin ashamed, and how does he handle that feeling?
7. What does Jakkin leave with his dragon and what does he resolve to do the next visit?
8. Why does Likkarn become furious with Jakkin?
9. What does Akki tell Jakkin about why she is upset when Jakkin suggests Sarkkhan give her a reward for the dead drakk?
10. What does Sarkkhan reveal to Jakkin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
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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