Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One Test | Final 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 happens after Jakkin's dragon flies off?

2. How does Akki bandage Jakkin's wounds?

3. What do the dragon and Jakkin do after the dragon swims?

4. What does Jakkin decide to do as the dragon watches him gather wort leaves?

5. Who sneers at Jakkin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has Akki arranged to carry Jakkin's dragon and what does Jakkin wonder about the man?

2. What does Jakkin think about rites of passage to manhood and what precipitated his thoughts on the subject?

3. What does Kkarina ask Jakkin about the hunt and what is his response?

4. What does Sarkkhan reveal to Jakkin?

5. Where does Jakkin take the young dragon and what does Jakkin observe there?

6. What tactic is Bottle O'Rum using and how do Red and Jakkin respond?

7. Why is Jakkin momentarily disappointed when he arrives back to his oasis after leaving the kitchen, but what does he then remind himself?

8. Describe the fight between Red and Bottle O' Rum.

9. What does Jakkin wonder about Akki as the two are walking back to the bondhouse?

10. How does Jakkin know something is wrong when he and his dragon are swimming at the opening of Chapter 14?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Dragon's Blood is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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