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. What does Matt do in Chapter 9 that worries Kira?

2. What did Kira show her mother just before she died?

3. What building does Kira visit after leaving the Council Edifice?

4. What object is Kira commanded by the Council of Guardians to mend?

5. What object comforts Thomas?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kira prepare for her trial in Chapter 3?

3. Describe what readers know about Kira after reading Chapter 1.

4. What comforts Kira on her first night away from home?

5. How is Matt's relationship with Branch similar to his friendship with Kira?

6. What does Matt manage to save from Kira's cott before it is burned?

7. What defense does Jamison give in Kira's trial?

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

9. How does Kira react to the indoor plumbing in her room?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the value of friendship and giving in the novel. Compare and contrast the children's friendships with the relationships evident among other characters in the villages. How do their friendships affect their character development, and even their survival?

Essay Topic 2

How is literacy linked to power in the novel? What are the Guardians attempting to control by keeping more than half the population illiterate? How will Kira's ability to read affect her character? How might it affect all women in her society?

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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