Equal Rites 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. What reason does Granny oppose using books for?

2. What role did Granny assume when she "borrows" another's mind?

3. Whom does Granny write a letter to at the Unseen University?

4. Where does the fortune-teller tell Esk and Granny that the University is?

5. Whom does Granny tell that Esk needs to learn proper magic?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Esk escapes from the Skillers?

2. What does Esk have to do in return for being allowed to travel with the Zoon family?

3. When Granny turns into an owl and flies to the orchard to talk to the apple tree, what does the tree tell her?

4. Why does Granny have a stormy scene with the Smith family?

5. What happens when Esk stays behind as her two brothers go in search of help for Granny?

6. When Granny tries to find Esk in the woods, what prevents her from finding Esk's location?

7. Describe Hilta Goatfounder.

8. When Esk becomes anxious to learn magic, what does Granny suggest that she do?

9. What does Hilta see in Esk's palm and what does she advise?

10. What happens when Esk leaves Granny's house but does not reappear for a long time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Granny tells Esk about "headology." What is headology? How is it practiced? Describe.

Essay Topic 2

When Esk goes to the university, she is not immediately accepted because wizards are male. She faces institutionalized discrimination. What is institutionalized discrimination? How is it portrayed in "Equal Rites"? How does the author Terry Pratchett lampoon the institution of higher learning? Describe.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the discussion about witches that appears throughout the book. What is a witch according to Granny? What is a witch according to Cutangle? How does this definition change with the arrival of Esk? What are witches traditionally associated with?

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