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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 leave with the young dragon?
2. Why does Jakkin pass out?
3. What does Jakkin know as he observes the young dragon?
4. What does Errikkin ask of Jakkin?
5. What does Jakkin stop Red from doing?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Akki tell Jakkin about why she is upset when Jakkin suggests Sarkkhan give her a reward for the dead drakk?
2. How does Jakkin begin training his dragon?
3. What does Akki offer Jakkin for transporting his dragon and why does this make Jakkin angry?
4. Describe the fight between Jakkin and the drakk.
5. Why is Jakkin ashamed, and how does he handle that feeling?
6. What does Jakkin wonder about Akki as the two are walking back to the bondhouse?
7. What does Akki offer to bring Jakkin; is she true to her word, and how else does she help him with his dragon?
8. Who has Akki arranged to carry Jakkin's dragon and what does Jakkin wonder about the man?
9. Who is Jakkin's Red's first opponent and how does Jakkin feel about that?
10. What tactic is Bottle O'Rum using and how do Red and Jakkin respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dragon's Blood is one book in a series of novels involving Jakkin and the planet of Austar IV. Discuss the following.
1. What are a couple advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.
2. What are a couple disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.
3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.
4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.
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
Dragon's Blood belongs to the literary genre of fantasy fiction. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?
2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read a fantasy novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.
3. In "academe," fantasy novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?
4. Discuss the differences between fantasy and science fiction. How are they alike? How are they different? Which type do you prefer? Why?
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