Gathering Blue 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. In Chapter 3, when does the messenger arrive for Kira?

2. What do some of the villagers want to store on Kira's property?

3. Which council member saw Kira's father die?

4. What is in the large box that the council brings before Kira?

5. What is worn during the singing of the Ruin Song?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Kira's scrap of cloth. Why does she keep it near her?

2. Describe Vandara's appearance and demeanor during the trial in Chapter 3.

3. What accusations does Vandara bring against Kira before the Council of Guardians?

4. Describe the customs surrounding death in Kira's society.

5. What type of living conditions is Kira used to before she moves to the Edifice?

6. How does Kira react to Matt's decision to join the hunt?

7. Describe Kira's experience with the beasts in Chapter 11.

8. How does Kira find the color she needs for her threads?

9. How is Kira's embroidered scrap of cloth and Thomas' carved piece of wood similar?

10. Describe Kira's living quarters in the Edifice.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the cycles evident in the novel. Is the purpose of the Singer's robe to predict cycles, prevent cycles, or break cycles, and why? If the robe, staff, and Ruin Song are unable to break the cycle that destroys societies, what will?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the Edifice and the Council of Guardians. What does the Edifice symbolize? What is the likely history behind the Edifice? What is the purpose of the Council of Guardians? How do the Guardians use the Edifice to control the population?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of women in the novel. Compare and contrast the roles of men and women in Kira's society. What limits are placed on women? How does being a woman affect Kira's character development?

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