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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 notice about the plants around his oasis?
2. What do the dragon and Jakkin do after the dragon swims?
3. What does Jakkin decide to do as the dragon watches him gather wort leaves?
4. What does Jakkin see in his mind while he and the dragon are swimming?
5. What does Akki say when Jakkin suggests she should get paid for the dead drakk also.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jakkin wonder about Akki as the two are walking back to the bondhouse?
2. What does Jakkin do as soon as he realizes there is a drakk nearby?
3. What does Akki offer Jakkin for transporting his dragon and why does this make Jakkin angry?
4. For what does Jakkin use his gold and why does he do so?
5. What does Akki tell Jakkin about why she is upset when Jakkin suggests Sarkkhan give her a reward for the dead drakk?
6. Describe the fight between Jakkin and the drakk.
7. Who is Jakkin's Red's first opponent and how does Jakkin feel about that?
8. Why does Likkarn become furious with Jakkin?
9. Why is Jakkin ashamed, and how does he handle that feeling?
10. Who gives Jakkin assistance and what does the person promise Jakkin?
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
Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Dragon's Blood, much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. there are woods, mountains, rivers, and oceans), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:
1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of Dragon's Blood that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in Dragon's Blood.
2. Define the words as used in in Dragon's Blood world and compare those five words to how they are currently used in the American English language.
3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Dragon's Blood. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in Dragon's Blood? What word(s)?
4. Are there any words you never really understood from Dragon's Blood? Which ones?
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