Ender's Shadow 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. How does Achilles treat the younger children?

2. With whom does IF believe Bean is overly obsessed?

3. Who does Graff suspect wrote a brilliant analysis of space war strategies?

4. What does Colonel Graff offer Bean in Chapter 12?

5. What does Sister Carlotta believe about Bean?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carlotta begin to investigate Bean’s origins and what does she think it might be?

2. What does Bean learn when he enters the ventilation system again and what does he decide to do?

3. What does Colonel Graff do when he reads Bean’s diary entry about Achilles?

4. With whom does Carlotta talk about the experiment done on Bean and how does she get the information out of the man?

5. What surprises Dimak about Bean’s thoughts on the war, and what does Bean think about what might happen if the earth should win the war?

6. Who does Helga Braun contact regarding Poke’s gang and what does that person do when she comes to see the gang?

7. How does Achilles begin to insinuate himself into the group as the leader in Chapter 2?

8. Why might Graff decide to have Bean lead the next battle against the Buggers?

9. What does Bean do when introduced to his desk, and why does it do that?

10. What does Carlotta discover about Bean, and what does she think of her discovery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about what they know, and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting.

Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Orson Scott Card. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Card's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Card's probable agenda concerning that idea.

Essay Topic 2

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such. Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character.

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Ender’s Shadow help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Ender’s Shadow? Why or why not?

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